Omaha Public Schools will start a week later than usual this August.

The school board voted unanimously Monday night to approve a 2016-17 calendar with a start date of Aug. 17 — the latest in years. The school year would end a week later, on May 26.

Officials said parents and staff members supported the later start date. School for the 2015-16 year started on Aug. 12.

Elementary school students will now attend school for 174 days, an increase of more than one day. The number of days for middle and high schoolers remains unchanged, at 176 days.

Nebraska law requires schools to log a minimum number of instructional hours, not days, per school year.

Under the new calendar, the last day of school would fall before Memorial Day, giving students who attend summer school in June a brief break.

Winter and spring breaks also would start later than usual. A two-week winter break will start Dec. 23, with spring break running from March 13 to March 17, after boys and girls state basketball playoffs wrap up.

Middle and high school parent-teacher conferences would be on the same two days in March, in the hopes of making conferences more convenient for working parents who have kids at both levels.

In other business Monday, the board heard from a group of parents from Crestridge Magnet Center whose children are enrolled in the dual-language program. The parents recently learned their children would lose busing eligibility under the district’s new student assignment plan.

The revamped busing plan goes into effect in fall 2017.

And after last month’s vote on a controversial set of new health and sex education standards, Superintendent Mark Evans said parents may view sample curricula at Burke High on Feb. 25, at South High on Feb. 29, at Northwest High on March 1 and at North High on March 2.

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