Nov. 30, 2017 Update: 2018-19 Henrico County Public Schools Calendar Proposal

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the draft calendar for 2018-19. The School Board is expected to approve a calendar at its Dec. 14, 2017, monthly meeting. The draft that is currently under consideration is known as “Draft A”. Check back soon for the approved calendar for the 2018-19 school year!

NEW in Draft A:

Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 would be a student half-day/staff work-day.

Monday, April 22, 2019 would be a student and staff holiday, excluding 12-month employees. Twelve-month employees would still report to work on April 22, 2019.

Other Highlights of Draft A:

Classes would begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 (in Virginia, school divisions are required by law to open after Labor Day unless a waiver is granted by the Virginia Department of Education)

Mid-term exams for high school courses would take place in December 2018 instead of January 2019 in hopes of avoiding complications caused by inclement weather.

Winter Break would be Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 – Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Students return to class on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

Spring Break would be April 1-5, 2019 in an attempt to create a consistent Spring Break with Henrico County’s neighboring school divisions (Chesterfield, Hanover, Richmond).

Classes would end Friday, June 14, 2019.

There are several additional student half-days and student holidays in order to provide dedicated planning and development time for staff.

If necessary to make up lost instructional time, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 would become a full day for students. Currently, it is planned to be a student half-day/staff work day.

How the calendar process works: Preliminary feedback will be shared with a committee that includes representatives of other school divisions in the metro-Richmond area. Proposed dates for winter break, spring break, first semester, and the end of the year may be aligned for consistency. Although the proposals may not be identical in all school divisions, they are similar. This is helpful to employees who work outside the county where their children attend school.

A Henrico County Public Schools committee comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, and high school students will meet in October to review public feedback and suggest revisions to the Henrico County Public Schools proposal. A recommendation is then presented to the School Board for further feedback and potential revisions. The School Board then makes the final approval after considering public feedback and potential revisions. Approval of the 2018-19 school calendar is expected no earlier than December 2017.