How is the school-year calendar developed?
As we develop each year’s school calendar, we work within guidelines shaped by state law, district policy, employee contracts and established practices. The compliance considerations that impact school calendar development include:
- Students must attend school for 180 instructional days.
- School must start after Labor Day (Code of Virginia, §22.1-79).
- There is no school for students on Election Day.
- There is a 4-hour minimum attendance requirement for students on early release days.
Additional considerations that impact the school calendar are:
- Instructional days should be evenly distributed in each quarter and semester.
- There is a need for alignment with the Regional Calendar (Winter Break, Spring Break).
- Holidays observed on the school calendar include: Thanksgiving Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
- A minimum of 5 professional development days distributed between division and school-based professional development are scheduled in alignment with the division’s strategic plan and to promote professional and organizational growth.
- A minimum of 5 days are scheduled as teacher work days for preparation and reporting.
- Early release days are set aside as time for parent-teacher conferences and for administration of examinations.