Chesterfield School Board will not pursue pre-Labor Day start for 2020-21 school year

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During its work session Monday afternoon, the Chesterfield County School Board arrived at a consensus that it will not pursue a pre-Labor Day start for the 2020-21 school year. The discussion came as two calendar options were presented, one for a pre-Labor Day start and one for a post-Labor Day start.

The school division anticipates presenting a draft 2021-22 calendar with a pre-Labor Day start in early 2020 to a newly seated School Board. If approved for 2021-22, this would potentially provide families with approximately 16 months notice of a major calendar change.

Current School Board members stated a preference to defer any potential pre-Labor Day change to the 2021-22 school year, understanding that families and staff already have set vacation plans for August 2020. The current School Board, which leaves office at the end of December 2019, also suggested that it is more appropriate for the incoming School Board to discuss the 2020-21 school calendar.

In January 2020, school division leaders intend to propose a post-Labor Day start for the 2020-21 school year. A draft look at the proposed 2020-21 calendar with a post-Labor Day start is available here: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/files/BGKM3T564752/$file/ATTACHMENT%20B%20-%20Calendar%20Draft%20%232%20-%20Traditional%20Post-Labor%20Day%20Start.pdf.


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