Calendario 2020-2021

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After considering feedback and recommendations, the Henrico School Board has adopted a final calendar for the 2020-21 school year. 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. The adopted calendar 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.

In the 2020-21 school year:

  • Classes will 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 will be 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: Labor Day
  • Sept. 8: First day of school
  • Sept. 28: Yom Kippur – student holiday, teacher professional learning and clerical day

October 2020

November 2020

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

December 2020

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

January 2021

  • Jan. 1: Winter Break
  • Jan: 4: Schools reopen following Winter Break
  • Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Jan. 29: Student half day, staff clerical day

February 2021

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

March 2021

  • Mar. 12: Student half day, teacher professional learning

April 2021

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

May 2021

  • May 13: Eid al-Fitr – student holiday, teacher professional learning and clerical day
  • May 31: Memorial Day holiday

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 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. 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. 12.

While Virginia school divisions now have the option to begin the school year before Labor Day, Henrico Schools didn’t consider that option for 2020-21. Opening before Labor Day will be considered for future school year calendars. Work will begin on the 2021-22 calendar in early 2020.