Here's a look at the school calendar for Shreveport Bossier and surrounding Parishes.

Believe it or not, but the school bells will be ringing for the 2016-2017 school year before you know it. DeSoto Parish has the earliest start date in the region, while Caddo students will be the final group in our area to get back to the books.

Here are the important dates to remember for this year:

August 1-2 teachers only DeSoto Parish

August 3 DeSoto students

DESOTO PARISH SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 4-5 teacher in-service for Bossier teachers

August 8th for Bossier Parish students

BOSSIER PARISH SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 8th teacher in-service Webster Parish

August 9th first day for Webster students

WEBSTER PARISH SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 8-9 new teacher in-service for Caddo

August 11-12 All teachers in Caddo

August 15th for Caddo Parish students

CADDO SCHOOL CALENDAR

Many parents have often questioned the early start to the school year, but it's necessary to accomodate spring testing and the holiday schedule. It's a similiar story in south Louisiana. Students go back to class August 10th in Baton Rouge and August 15th in New Orleans.