How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar
2022-23 School Year Calendar
FCPS is developing its 2022-23 School Year Calendar. We are sharing our framework for creating the calendar below to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.
Guided by Law, Policy, and Leadership
We will follow the law.
- The calendar must have a secular reason to establish a holiday, such as a significant amount of student absences that would impact operations. View a summary of absences on religious observances and holidays.
- All Virginia school divisions must provide 180 days or 990 hours of instruction.
...and the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) guidance.
- VDOE asks school divisions to establish a Calendar Feedback Committee with broad representation.
- This committee should include staff, students, parents, community members, religious leaders from a variety of traditions (such as Christian, Judaism, Muslim, and Hindu), a diverse group of leaders of cultural institutions, legal representation, and community leaders.
- FCPS will also solicit community feedback via a Calendar Survey and a Calendar Development Webinar.
We consider the superintendent’s priorities.
- Superintendent Brabrand is focused on the school division’s ability to deliver the high-quality instruction necessary for students to be successful.
- Ensuring that our schools and centers are adequately staffed throughout the school year, and that teachers have opportunities to extend and deepen their learning (professional development) are critical to student success.
- The superintendent also seeks a calendar that aligns with FCPS Strategic Plan goals of a Caring Culture, Premier Workforce, and an ongoing commitment to equity for all.
We listen to Fairfax County School Board members.
- Each of our 12 School Board members shares what they believe are the most important considerations for the school calendar. The Board also has final approval on the calendar.
Input from Many Voices
With the above in mind, a Calendar Survey will be created for parents and staff. And, for the first time, FCPS middle and high school students will be able to participate in the survey. Student voice is an important part of this process! Community members will also be able to participate in a Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8.
The Calendar Feedback Committee will share their thoughts on what the calendar should look like during two committee meetings.
FCPS leadership will consider all of the feedback--from the committee as well as from parents, staff, students, and other Fairfax County residents--against the directives above, then create a calendar option. The option will be presented to the School Board at two Board meetings. Community members will have an opportunity to speak at the start of the meetings. There will be an additional opportunity for the community to provide input via a virtual community meeting.
After considering the community and the Calendar Feedback Committee’s input, and reviewing and asking questions about proposed calendar options, the School Board will vote to approve a calendar. That calendar will be in effect July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
Please note that dates are subject to change.
October 6-15: Meeting with School Board members in groups of two.
October 27: Calendar Survey opens for parents and staff.
October 28: Calendar Survey opens for students in grades 7-12.
November 8: Calendar Development Webinar (virtual). View recording.
November 10: Calendar Survey closes. View survey highlights.
November 17: Calendar Feedback Committee meeting.
December 1: Calendar Feedback Committee meeting.
December 13-17: Calendar draft reviewed by FCPS leadership.
January 13: Calendar draft as New Business at School Board meeting and available in Boarddocs. Opportunity for public comment.
January 18: Draft calendar presented at the School Board work session.
January 27: School Board adopted the 2022-23 school year calendar at their meeting. Opportunity for public comment.