Calendar proposals for 2022-23, 2023-24 school years include updated options for pre-Labor Day starts

Henrico, Va. June 24, 2024 — Henrico County Public Schools will consider modified draft calendar options for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years that include both a pre-Labor Day start and a more traditional post-Labor Day start. The School Board heard a report at its Thursday work session about the latest proposals from the school division’s calendar committee. The Board is expected to decide on calendar proposals in late August, after getting more input from families and staff members during July virtual information sessions and through an online form.

HCPS announced June 9 that it was restarting a conversation about whether the school year should begin before Labor Day in 2022-23, with an initial proposal to build in more time for cultural and religious observances by beginning school a week earlier while finishing at the school division’s traditional time in mid-June. After getting feedback, the HCPS Calendar Committee responded with updated calendar ideas for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, to give Henrico employees and families advance notice of any changes. 

The latest pre-Labor Day proposals no longer lengthen the school year by one week, as first suggested by HCPS earlier this month. Instead, the current proposals “shift” the school year to begin earlier, but also end earlier. None of the proposals would affect the coming 2021-22 school year, which begins Sept. 8.

TWO DRAFT CALENDAR PROPOSALS FOR 2022-23

(To view the full proposals, visit www.henricoschools.us/proposed-calendars/.)

Pre-Labor Day start proposal (highlights):

  • School begins Aug. 29, 2022 (one week prior to Labor Day, which is Sept. 5).
  • Winter Break is Dec. 19-30.
  • Spring Break is April 3-7.
  • Last day of school for students is June 9, 2023.

Post-Labor Day start proposal (highlights):

  • School begins Sept. 6, 2022 (Labor Day is Sept. 5).
  • Winter Break is Dec. 19-30.
  • Spring Break is April 3-7.
  • Last day of school for students is June 16, 2023.

TWO DRAFT CALENDAR PROPOSALS FOR 2023-24

(To view the full proposals, visit www.henricoschools.us/proposed-calendars/.)

Pre-Labor Day start proposal (highlights):

  • School begins Aug. 21, 2023 (two weeks prior to Labor Day, which is Sept. 4).
  • Winter Break is Dec. 25-Jan. 5.
  • Spring Break is April 1-5.
  • Last day of school for students is May 31, 2024.

Post-Labor Day start proposal (highlights):

  • School begins Sept. 5, 2023 (Labor Day is Sept. 4).
  • Winter Break is Dec. 25-Jan. 5.
  • Spring Break is April 1-5.
  • Last day of school for students is June 14, 2024.

On July 14 the school division will hold a virtual information session just for HCPS employees about the calendar proposals. Then, on July 15, the school division will hold two more virtual information sessions, where families and the public can learn more, ask questions and offer input. The virtual formats will give more HCPS stakeholders an opportunity to join the discussion from wherever they may be. The sessions will also be recorded for on-demand viewing.

July 14 virtual information session for employees on calendar proposals

  • For the July 14 session, employees received additional information in their work email.

July 15 virtual information sessions on calendar proposals (open to the public)

(Join either July 15 session by going to https://tinyurl.com/HCPS-Calendar-Input-Session.)

  • Session 1: 11 a.m.-noon.
  • Session 2: 4-5 p.m.

To add written feedback, parents and guardians may use the form available at www.henricoschools.us/proposed-calendars/.