Henrico, Va. July 12, 2021 — Virtual information sessions this week will offer opportunities to learn more about Henrico County Public Schools’ modified draft calendar options for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. The options include both a pre-Labor Day start and a more traditional post-Labor Day start for each school year.

 

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

 

Wednesday, July 14 virtual information session for employees on calendar proposals

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

 

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

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

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

 

In addition to the information sessions, parents and guardians may submit written feedback by using the form at www.henricoschools.us/proposed-calendars/.

 

The School Board heard a report at its June 24 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.

 

Background: 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 a first round of feedback, the HCPS Calendar Committee responded with updated calendar ideas for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, in order to give Henrico employees and families advance notice of any changes.

 

The current pre-Labor Day proposals no longer lengthen the school year by one week, as first suggested by HCPS at the start of this process. 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.

 

An increasing number of Virginia school divisions either have or are considering pre-Labor Day options since the General Assembly voted in 2019 to allow earlier start dates.