Proposed school calendar changes in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Proposed school calendar changes in Chesterfield could impact your holiday travel this year as well as workday plans.

The district wants to hear from you before the school board makes the changes official later this month.

Chesterfield schools has already heard from quite a few people, but want to give all parents the option to weigh in.

One mom said she made a career change to make sure she didn't have a problem being home at times her children wouldn't be in school.

Before Maggie Bell changed jobs she said her hours fluctuated making it difficult when her work schedule didn't match the schools.

"I made changes to make sure it was okay knowing both my kids are in school but a lot of parents can't work from home," said Bell.

Parents first got wind of the proposed school calendar changes in early February.

The first version called for an early release day the day before Thanksgiving, but parents chimed in wanting a full day off for travel.

The new proposal reflects that request extending Thanksgiving one day to include the Wednesday before the holiday.

The changes also call for winter break to be reduced by two days with December 21 being the start date.

Parents wanted President's day to be a full day off to coincide with the federal and state government.

February 18 will be a holiday for students and staff.

"I don't think the holidays so much because people plan around it I think employers are okay with holidays," said Bell.

The proposal generated quite a few comments on the Chesterfield Schools Facebook page which gives parents a chance to review the changes.

One woman wrote "No I don't like the new changes."

Another said "I prefer the holiday break the way it is."

Joe Doherty added " I think the proposed changes are awesome as opposed to what other counties are doing."

Chesterfield Education Association President, Frank Cardella, said the changes are good overall.

"It maximizes student and teacher contact time in the classrooms it provides adequate instructional for personnel," said Cardella.

The proposed calendar is online at

You can email comments to or speak your mind on the school's Facebook page.

The school board will vote on the on the calendar March 27.

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