2021-22 school year will begin after Labor Day

NOTE: This version of the news release corrects a typographical error. In 2021-22, the school year will end June 17, 2022.

News Release

2021-22 school year will begin after Labor Day

Henrico, Va. June 25, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will start the 2021-22 school year after Labor Day. After considering input from the public, the Henrico School Board voted at its June 18 virtual work session to use the traditional start date rather than shift the calendar for 2021-22 and begin before the Labor Day holiday.

The Board had considered two calendars and chose “Option B,” which would kick off the school year Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. School would end Friday, June 17, 2022.

In addition to considering public input, the Board cited the ongoing construction of the new Highland Springs and J.R. Tucker high schools, and the expansion of Holladay Elementary School as reasons for choosing the 2021-22 calendar option with a traditional post-Labor Day start. It also cited unknowns related to the upcoming 2020-21 school year, which will also start after Labor Day.

Members of the public weighed in on the two options in a survey conducted from May 20-June 3. A slight majority of respondents — 7,090 (51.4%) to 6,713 (48.6%) — expressed a preference for the traditional calendar. To see the survey results, as well as respondent comments, go to our 2021-22 calendar page at https://henricoschools.us/2021-2022-calendar/.

Highlights of the 2021-22 calendar include:

  • Sept. 8, 2021: First day of school
  • Nov. 24-26, 2021: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 20-31, 2021: Winter Break
  • April 4-8, 2022: Spring Break
  • June 17, 2022: Last day of school

The calendar also includes student and staff holidays for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Memorial Day. It also includes student holidays for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali and Eid al-Fitr, as well as three other student holidays for staff professional development and clerical days.

To see the full 2021-22 calendar, go to our calendar page at https://henricoschools.us/calendars/.

The upcoming 2020-21 school year is already scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The school division is soliciting input from its families and employees about the return to school this fall. HCPS households and staff members are receiving an email this week with a link to a survey that will help inform HCPS’ planning process. The survey will be open through July 5.

The possibility of an earlier start is a new option for Virginia school divisions. For many years, school systems in the commonwealth were required to seek a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education to begin the school year before Labor Day. The General Assembly voted in 2019 to do away with that requirement, often called the “Kings Dominion” law.