Calendario 2020-21

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After considering feedback and recommendations, the Henrico School Board adopts a final calendar for each school year. The calendar for 2020-21 seeks to accomplish a variety of ends, including a post-Labor-Day start; planning, clerical and professional learning time for teachers; and more opportunities to observe religious holidays in an increasingly diversifying community. Creating the best calendar for a school year requires a great deal of coordination and communication. Thanks to everyone who participated in the process, including citizens who gave input and the HCPS calendar committee. 

2020-21 school year:

  • Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
  • Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 25-27, 2020.
  • Winter Break is Dec. 21–Jan. 1. School reopens Jan. 4, 2021.
  • The last day of classes is June 18, 2021.

A month-by-month look at the 2020-21 calendar

July 2020

  • July 2: Offices closed for Independence Day
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Offices closed

August 2020

  • Aug. 7, 14, 21: Offices closed
  • Aug. 24-28: New Teacher Academy
  • Aug. 31: Teacher workweek, professional learning and work days

September 2020

  • Sept. 1-4: Teacher workweek, professional learning and work days
  • Sept. 7:  Schools closed – Labor Day
  • Sept. 8: First day of school
  • Sept. 28: Yom Kippur – student and teacher holiday and clerical day

October 2020

November 2020

  • Nov. 3: Election Day – student holiday, teacher professional learning and clerical day
  • Nov. 13: Diwali – student and teacher holiday (Diwali is Nov. 14, but is being observed Nov. 13.)
  • Nov. 25-27: Schools Closed – Thanksgiving holiday

December 2020

  • Dec. 21-31: Schools Closed – Winter Break (includes Christmas. Winter Break continues in January.)

January 2021

  • Jan. 1: Schools closed for Winter Break – New Year’s Day
  • Jan: 4: Schools reopen following Winter Break
  • Jan. 18: Schools closed – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Jan. 22: Student half day (PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 5 ONLY), staff clerical day
  • Jan. 29: Student half day (GRADES 6-12 ONLY), staff clerical day

February 2021

  • Feb. 15: Student half day, staff professional learning day

March 2021

  • March 12: Student half day, teacher professional learning

April 2021

  • April 2: Student half day, staff clerical day
  • April 4: Easter
  • April 5-9: Schools closed – Spring Break (Easter is April 4)


  • Kindergarten registration begins

May 2021

  • May 13: Eid al-Fitr – student and teacher holiday
  • May 31: Schools closed – Memorial Day holiday


  • Student exam week/high school early dismissal

June 2021

  • June 18: Last day of classes – student half day, staff clerical day
  • June 18: Last day for teachers
  • June 25: Offices closed


How the calendar is made

How does a calendar come together? First, a committee comprised of representatives of metro-Richmond-area school divisions discusses dates for Winter Break, Spring Break, first semester, and the end of the year in order to align for consistency. An HCPS committee comprised of teachers, administrators, parents and high school students makes initial recommendations to the School Board in fall. Members of the public provide input on the proposal(s), and school division staff make updates based on that feedback. After HCPS staff members present a final draft or drafts to the School Board, the Board approves a final calendar.