Chesterfield County schools closed for students; make-up schedule announced

Posted on

Due to continued issues with road conditions through the county and in response to historic, record low temperatures forecast during the time students would be waiting for buses in the morning, Chesterfield County Public Schools will remain closed for students on Friday, Feb. 20.

Chesterfield County Public Schools will have a teacher workday and a two-hour delay on Friday, Feb. 20. School offices, school division offices and teachers are expected to report two hours late.

Because students have missed six-plus days of instruction due to bad weather, Chesterfield County Public Schools is eliminating two early-release days and adding 15 minutes to the school day for a portion of second semester:

  • Feb. 25 and March 25, originally scheduled as three-hour early release days, will now be regular school days.
  • From March 2 through April 30, 15 minutes will be added to the end of the normal instructional day.

Frigid cold, snow and icy roads have plagued central Virginia this winter. Chesterfield County schools were closed six days (Jan. 14, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17-20) and had a two-hour delay on Jan. 15. Combined, this will allow us to regain 16 hours out of the 41 hours missed so far this winter.

“Missing so much class time disrupted our students’ education,” Superintendent Marcus Newsome said. “To keep students on pace with our curriculum, we must make up some of that missed time.”