Calendario 2019-2020


After considering feedback and recommendations, the Henrico School Board has adopted a final calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Creating the best calendar for a school year requires a lot of coordination and communication. Thanks to everyone who shared views during the process.

In the 2019-20 school year:

  • Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 (in Virginia, school divisions are required by law to open after Labor Day unless a waiver is granted by the Virginia Department of Education.)
  • Winter Break is Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 – Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Students return to class Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
  • Spring Break is Monday, April 6, 2020– Friday, April 10, 2020 plus an additional student and staff holiday on Monday, April 13, 2020.
  • Classes end Friday, June 12, 2020.
  • There are student half-days and student holidays in order to provide dedicated planning and professional learning time for Henrico Schools’ staff. There are seven student half-days in the 2019-20 calendar, which is more than in recent years.
  • The calendar includes one possible make-up day: Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.


How the calendar process works:

How does a calendar come together? First, a committee comprised of representatives of metro-Richmond-area school divisions discussed dates for Winter Break, Spring Break, first semester, and the end of the year in order to align for consistency.

A committee comprised of teachers, administrators, parents and high school students made initial recommendations to the School Board in fall 2018. Members of the public provided input on the proposal, and school division staff made updates to the proposal based on that feedback. HCPS staff members presented a final draft to the School Board, and the Board approved it Dec. 13.

In the year 2020, Henrico County Public Schools will begin the school year on the day after Labor Day. However, in the years 2021 and beyond, we will consider starting school prior to Labor Day. The calendar creation process will take place this fall.

A month-by-month look at the 2019-20 calendar

July 2019
July 4: Offices closed for Independence Day
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Offices closed
August 2019
Aug. 2, 9, 16: Offices closed
Aug. 19-23: New Teacher Academy
Aug. 26-30: Teacher workweek, professional learning and work days
September 2019
Sept. 2: Labor Day
Sept. 3: First day of school
Sept. 30: Student half-day/staff professional learning day
October 2019
Oct. 14: Student holiday/Staff professional learning day
Oct. 28: Student half-day/staff professional learning day
November 2019
Nov. 5: Election Day – student holiday/staff clerical day
Nov. 18: Student half-day/staff professional learning day
Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving holiday
December 2019
Dec. 9: Student half-day/staff professional learning day
Dec. 23-31: Winter Break – Offices Closed (continues in January)
January 2020
Jan. 1-3: Winter Break – Offices Closed
Jan. 6: Schools re-open
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 27: Student holiday/staff clerical day
February 2020
Feb. 17: Student half-day/staff professional learning day
March 2020
March 3: Student holiday/Primary day/Clerical day
March 30: Student half-day/Staff clerical day
April 2020
April 6-10: Spring Break
April 13: Student and staff holiday
April 16: Kindergarten registration
May 2020
May 25: Memorial Day holiday
June 2020
June 2-5: Senior exam week
June 9-12: Student exam week/early dismissal for high schools
June 12: Student half-day/staff clerical day
June 19, 26: Offices closed