Mark your calendars. The first day of the 2013-14 school year for Sonoma County's largest school district is Aug. 15.

Santa Rosa City Schools on Wednesday approved next year's calendar, marking the first time the district has had a full 180 instructional days since budget woes first forced a reduction in 2010-11.

Under the plan approved Wednesday, teachers will return to work Aug. 13.

In another change, students and teachers will have the entire Thanksgiving week off, a first for a year with no furlough days.

Winter break will begin Dec. 23 and run through Jan. 3. School will resume Jan. 6.

Spring break will be March 17-21.

The Standardized Testing and Reporting program (STAR) will be given in a window that runs from April 7-29.

The last day of school for elementary schools will be May 29, while the final day for middle and high school campuses will be May 30.

Staff Writer Kerry Benefield writes an education blog at She can be reached at 526-8671, kerry.benefield@press or on Twitter @benefield.