French-speaking schools will start off the new school year on Monday 29 August, earlier than the traditional date of 1 September, which falls on a Thursday this year.
In a slew of changes announced earlier this year, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation reformed school schedules for French-speaking education, the most noteworthy being the shortening of summer holidays.
The summer vacation period is now shorter than planned, as the school year in French-speaking schools in Wallonia and Brussels ends on the first Friday in July rather than 30 June, while the start of the school year has been pushed forward to 29 August.
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In exchange, children in those schools will now receive an additional week of vacation during the autumn and spring breaks, dividing the school year into blocks of seven weeks of lessons followed by two weeks of vacation.
These changes have no effect on Flemish schools, which do not appear to want to follow in the footsteps of their French-speaking counterparts.