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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - School Calendar

Developing the VBCPS calendar is a lengthy and thoughtful process that takes months to finalize. The coordination and development of the calendar the responsibility of the Department of School Leadership. During the development process, input is requested from staff and parents prior to approval by the School Board.

Is there a minimum number of teaching days required by the state?

Yes. In accordance with state law, Section 22.1-98 of the Code of Virginia, all school divisions, must have at least 180 teaching days or 990 teaching hours in any school year.

If the state requires a minimum number of 180 instructional days, why does VBCPS have a 181-day calendar?

VBCPS values instructional time and is committed to providing students with opportunities for learning that exceed the minimum requirement.

Since state law requires only 180 instructional days, can the extra day be used to make-up time lost due to inclement weather?

None of the 181 instructional days in the school calendar is designed to be a built-in snow day. In cases of school closings due to inclement weather or emergency conditions, makeup days will be designated by the Superintendent and may include available staff days, holidays or the addition of time to the school day.

Why can't you just extend the school year to makeup for days missed due to inclement weather?

The need to reserve high school graduation ceremony dates at the Virginia Beach Conference Center far in advance prevents this option. High school graduation dates must be scheduled at the Virginia Beach Conference Center five years in advance. It is difficult, if not impossible, to reschedule graduation during one of the center’s busiest seasons. (High school auditoriums are not used because of space limitations.)

Since the school division is unable to extend the school year, is there a possibility of starting school prior to Labor Day?

In accordance with state law (Section 22.1 79.1 of the Code of Virginia) public schools are prohibited from starting school prior to Labor Day. The Virginia Board of Education only makes exceptions to this in cases where a school division has been closed an average of eight days per year during any five of the last 10 years because of severe weather conditions, energy shortages, power failures or other emergencies.

What is the timeline for the development of a school calendar?

In September 2017, VBCPS moved to a biennial calendar planning process which takes approximately four months. This process includes: 1) Review calendar to identify holidays that will impact the school year calendar; 2) Verify new legislation in the General Assembly that may impact the school calendar; 3) Develop calendar committee to provide input on draft calendar; 4) Present calendar options to the School Board; 5) Provide opportunity for public feedback on calendar options through an eTown Hall; and 6) Present calendar recommended by Calendar Committee to Superintendent and subsequently, to the School Board for review and adoption.

Who serves on the Calendar Committee?

The Calendar Committee is comprised of parents, teachers, school administrators and several central office administrators, with classroom teachers having the largest representation on the committee.

Last Modified on Friday, January 26, 2018