Standardised Austria-wide Autumn Holidays as of 2020/21

More+Work & Careers ♦ Published: May 16, 2019; 11:36 ♦ (Vindobona)

From the school year 2020/21 there will be uniform autumn holidays in Austria between National Day and All Saints Day - from 27 to 31 October - according to the unanimous decision of the Austrian National Council. There will be no additional school holidays, the teaching time will not be changed. Only the distribution of school-autonomous days will change. Specifically, the days off after Easter and Whitsun will be cancelled. This would ensure relief for pupils, teachers and parents.

The uniform autumn holidays are to be implemented throughout Austria. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Ralf Roletschek (talk) - Fahrradtechnik auf, Wikis in der Schule [FAL or GFDL 1.2 (]

A win-win situation would result from the new regulation, as pupils and teachers would be relieved during the first half of the year, while parents of school-age children would be supported in planning childcare in the second half.

Until now, parents with children at different schools often faced the problem that the autonomous school-free days were not set uniformly and thus…