Fairfax County School Board to Consider 2018-19 Calendar Starting School August 28, 2018

News Release
November 14, 2017

UPDATE:  The School Board will be considering Calendar Option E at its meeting tonight, December 14.  

The Fairfax County School Board plans to introduce Calendar Option D for the 2018-19 school year as a new business item at the December 7 regular meeting. Further discussion will take place at the School Board work session on Monday, December 11, with a final vote scheduled at the Thursday, December 14, regular meeting.

Calendar Option D sets Tuesday, August 28, 2018, as the first day of school for students and Friday, August 17, 2018, as the first day for instructional personnel. Winter break for students is scheduled from December 24, 2018, through January 4, 2019, and spring break is scheduled for the week of April 15-19.

Details about the calendar are available on BoardDocs under the November 13 Work Session agenda. Additionally, the Board plans to schedule approval of the 2019-20 calendar in the spring of 2018. The School Board may consider and make further changes to this calendar option prior to the final vote.

Virginia law requires schools districts to provide 180 days or 990 hours of classroom instruction each school year and the proposed 2018-19 calendar is 180 days. FCPS has additional hours built into the school year calendar, not days. However, FCPS reverts to the 990 hour calendar only if the 180 day requirement is not met because of severe weather conditions or other emergency situations. FCPS exceeds the 990 hour state requirement because of the length of the student day. The additional time (hours) is converted to “days” that can be used in the event of inclement weather, and allows FCPS to keep in compliance with State law.

FCPS currently qualifies through the 2019-20 school year for a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education to begin the school year prior to Labor Day. This waiver is granted if a division misses an average of eight days per year during any five of the last 10 years due to weather conditions or other emergency situations.

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.