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Henrico Schools seeks feedback on starting school before Labor Day

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Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:27 PM EDT
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HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - Henrico County Public Schools is asking for feedback as it considers starting class before Labor Day for the 2022-2023 school year.

HCPS said the proposal would add " flexibility for new holidays and observances during the school year, while still meeting or exceeding the state standards for student learning time.”

If adopted, school would start on Aug. 29, 2022, and end on June 16, 2023. It does not impact the upcoming school year.

HCPS released the following possible advantages to starting earlier:

  • Create additional employee holidays throughout the 2022-23 school year for religious observances (currently, some religious observances are only student holidays).
  • Keep the typical number of “school days” but allow HCPS the flexibility to add new religious and/or cultural observances for staff and students while still meeting or exceeding the state standards for student learning time.
  • Provide additional planning, professional learning and collaboration time for teachers within schools and/or school feeder patterns.
  • Better align HCPS with the pre-Labor Day starts of neighboring school divisions.

Administrators will go into more detail on the proposal at the next board meeting on June 24. A final decision wouldn’t be made until August at the earliest.

Families, employees and others can submit feedback, here.

HCPS is one of several central Virginia school divisions considering the change or has already adopted the change.

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