School calendar includes nine early-release dates
and slightly longer school days
On nine days in the coming school year, Chesterfield County students will be dismissed three hours early. Also for the 2011-12 year, school days will start a few minutes earlier and end a few minutes later than previous years.
These strategic changes to the school calendar will give teachers time for planning and professional development without taking instructional hours away from students. The end result is expected to be higher academic achievement for students.
“Expectations for student achievement continue to rise each year even though budget cuts have resulted in fewer support personnel, higher pupil-teacher ratios and reduced planning time for teachers,” said Donna Dalton, chief academic officer. Over two years, Chesterfield County Public Schools has lost nearly $80 million and 500 positions.
“Strategically incorporating early release days will enable teachers to plan with colleagues and participate in professional development sessions tied to school improvement and division goals,” Dalton said. On the days students are dismissed early, teachers will have time to collaboratively plan and train by grade level, by content area, by interdisciplinary teams, by school feeder patterns or in professional learning communities.
The 2011-2012 calendar was first presented Jan. 25; after an extensive public comment period, the calendar was approved March 8. To make schedules predictable, the early release days generally fall on the last Wednesday of each month. Chesterfield students will be dismissed three hours early on Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Jan. 25, Feb. 29, March 28, April 25, June 14 and June 15.
Parents are encouraged to plan ahead for the early dismissals, by shifting work schedules so that they can be with their children, contacting after-school programs or coordinating with friends and neighbors. Planning ahead for slightly earlier starting times is also important. The 2011-12 school calendar accompanies this news release, and here are school hours for Chesterfield schools:
School calendar (download a PDF version of the 2011-12 Calendar)
- Bellwood 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Bensley 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Beulah 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Bon Air 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Chalkley 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Marguerite Christian 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Clover Hill 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Crenshaw 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Crestwood 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Curtis 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Davis 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Ecoff 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Enon 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Ettrick 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Evergreen 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Falling Creek 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Gates 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Gordon 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Grange Hall 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Greenfield 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Harrowgate 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Hening 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Hopkins 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Jacobs Road 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Matoaca 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Providence 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Reams Road 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Robious 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Salem Church 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Elizabeth Scott 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Alberta Smith 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Spring Run 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Swift Creek 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Watkins 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Bettie Weaver 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Wells 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Winterpock 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Woolridge 9:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Bailey Bridge 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Carver 7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
- Elizabeth Davis 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Falling Creek 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Manchester 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Matoaca 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Midlothian 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Providence 7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
- Robious 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Salem Church 7:25 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
- Swift Creek 7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.
- Tomahawk Creek 8:25 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
- Lloyd C. Bird 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Chesterfield Community 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Clover Hill 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Cosby 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Thomas Dale 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- James River 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Manchester 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Matoaca 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Meadowbrook 7:25 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Midlothian 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Monacan 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
- Technical Center 7:20 a.m.-1:50 p.m.