In order to make up instructional time lost during Hurricane Michael, Williamsburg-James City County Schools has adjusted the school calendar to include an early release day on Thursday, Jan. 24. In addition, first-semester exam dates for high school students have been modified.
The January date, which was previously scheduled as a day off for students, was the overwhelming preference (78%) of the 4,012 parents and staff members who provided input through an online survey.
“Our two best options were to add time before the Thanksgiving holiday or at the end of the first semester,” said Dr. Olwen E. Herron, WJCC Schools Superintendent. “Either of those choices had the potential to impact families and staff greatly. Therefore, it was important for them to have a voice in the matter and for me, as Superintendent, to honor their input.”
Because Jan. 24 falls at the end of the first semester, high school exam dates have been adjusted to account for the extra day of learning. High School exams will now take place Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24.
WJCC Schools has some banked instructional time in the school calendar; however, that it historically used during winter months when snow and ice force the division to close for extended periods of time. The addition of an early release day on Jan. 24 addresses first semester needs while also protecting banked time for when it might be needed most.
An updated copy of the 2018-2019 school calendar is available now on the school division website, www.wjccschools.org.