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Will your child have school during the 2025 NFL draft? See which Green Bay area districts are canceling school

Danielle DuClos
Green Bay Press-Gazette

While the 2025 NFL draft is over a year away, school districts in the Green Bay area are already planning their school schedules around the event.

The Green Bay Packers and the NFL announced earlier this month that the draft will be held April 24-26, 2025, which includes a Thursday and a Friday when school would normally be in session.

Green Bay is the smallest metro area with an NFL team. It trails the second smallest — Buffalo, New York — by almost 800,000 people, according to thu.

The 2025 draft is expected to draw 250,000 football fans to the area, almost doubling the Green Bay's metro population.

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Traffic is expected to be heavy, and school districts are looking to avoid student transportation issues. Green Bay-area districts are asking the state Department of Public Instruction if they can start the 2024-25 school year earlier, so they can give students extra days off in April 2025.

In Wisconsin, school districts starting the school year before Sept. 1. However, districts can ask the DPI to grant them a waiver to start earlier.

Waivers haven't been approved yet, and some districts haven't officially set their 2024-25 calendars. But the Green Bay School District said the conversations it's had with the DPI indicates it will approve the district's waiver. When , the local school district also canceled school because of traffic concerns.

Check to see whether your child's school district will likely be giving students the day off for the 2025 draft. Note that these are all proposed dates until the DPI grants a waiver.

Green Bay School District

  • 2024-25 school year starts: Aug. 26-30, 2024
  • Days off for the NFL draft: April 23-25, 2025

Ashwaubenon School District

  • 2024-25 school year starts: Aug. 28, 2024
  • Days off for the NFL draft: April 24-25, 2025

De Pere School District

  • 2024-25 school year starts: Aug. 28, 2024
  • Day off for the NFL draft: April 25, 2025

The De Pere School District typically holds a staff training day the final Friday in April, which just so happens to fall on the second day of the draft in 2025, according to Superintendent Christopher Thompson.

The district requested a waiver from the DPI to start school earlier than Sept. 1 because of transportation with the local private school. These other circumstances align well with the draft, giving students a day off that week.

Denmark School District

Students will have school during the 2025 draft.

Howard-Suamico School District

The district hasn't set its 2024-25 calendar, and the calendar committee decided not to alter the district's start date for the NFL draft, according to the district. This is subject to change.

Pulaski Community School District

Students will have school during the 2025 draft.

West De Pere School District

Students will have school during the 2025 draft.

Wrightstown School District

Students will have school during the 2025 draft.

Danielle DuClos is a Report for America corps member who covers K-12 education for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Contact her at dduclos@gannett.com. Follow on Twitter  You can directly support her work with a tax-deductible donation at  or by check made out to The GroundTruth Project with subject line Report for America Green Bay Press Gazette Campaign. Address: The GroundTruth Project, Lockbox Services, 9450 SW Gemini Drive, PMB 46837, Beaverton, Oregon 97008-7105