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After considering input and recommendations from the public, the Henrico School Board has adopted a final calendar for the 2021-22 school year. 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.

The Board had considered an option with a pre-Labor Day start, but in order to facilitate continuity during a time of great change, opted for a traditional start date instead. The Board will continue to consider a pre-Labor Day start for future school years, and coordinate with other school divisions in the Richmond area.

Creating the best calendar for a school year requires a great deal of coordination and communication. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process, including citizens who gave input and the HCPS calendar committee.

A month-by-month look at the 2021-22 calendar

July 2021

  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Offices closed
  • July 5: Schools closed – Independence Day holiday

August 2021

  • Aug. 6,13, 20: Offices closed
  • Aug. 23-27: New Teacher Academy
  • Aug. 30-31: Teacher work week*/Professional learning and clerical days

September 2021

  • Sept. 1-3: Teacher work week*/Professional learning and clerical days
  • Sept. 6: Schools closed – Labor Day holiday
  • Sept. 7: Student holiday – Rosh Hashanah/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day
  • Sept. 8: First day of school
  • Sept. 16: Student holiday – Yom Kippur/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day

October 2021

  • Oct. 11: Student holiday/Staff professional learning day

November 2021

  • Nov. 2: Student holiday – Election Day/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day
  • Nov. 4: Student holiday – Diwali/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day
  • Nov. 4: Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
  • Nov. 24-26: Schools closed – Thanksgiving holiday

December 2021

  • Dec. 20-31: Schools closed – Winter Break
  • Dec. 25: Christmas

January 2022

  • Jan. 3: Schools reopen following Winter Break
  • Jan. 17: Schools closed – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Jan. 26: Student half day/Staff clerical day

February 2022

  • Feb. 21: Student half day/Staff professional learning day

April 2022

  • April 1: Student half day/Staff clerical day
  • April 4-8: Schools closed – Spring Break
  • April 17: Easter
  • April 18: Student holiday/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day
  • April 18: Kindergarten Registration

May 2022

  • May 3: Student holiday – Eid al-Fitr/Teacher professional learning/Clerical day
  • May 30: Schools closed – Memorial Day holiday

June 2022

  • June 17: Student half day/Staff clerical day
  • June 17: Last day of classes/Last day for teachers
  • June 20: Schools/offices closed – Juneteenth (observed)
  • June 24: 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.