VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Wicks
Date: 02/06/14 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 044 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: [email protected]

VBCPS to hold snow make-up days Feb.15, March 29 and April 26

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will be in session Feb. 15, March 29 and April 26 to make up the instructional time lost during last month's snow storm. Each of these days is a Saturday. For secondary students, Feb. 15 will be an A day; March 29 will be a B day; and April 26 will be an A day.

"Designating makeup days for time lost due to inclement weather is one of the most unpopular decisions a superintendent makes. There is never a day that is convenient for all of our students, staff and families," Dr. Sheila Magula, superintendent of Virginia Beach Schools, said in a statement regarding the rescheduling. "We believe strongly that our role is to provide the best education possible for your children and we believe that is what this community expects. Please know that your patience, understanding and support are appreciated as we move forward."

While Virginia Beach schools do operate on a 183-day school year schedule as opposed to the state minimum calendar of 180 days, the extra three days are not built in for inclement weather. Additionally, in accordance with state code, high school students are responsible for accruing 140 hours of instruction in each class in which they are registered in order to earn state credit. These factors combined necessitate the division make up the cancelled school days.

To read Dr. Magula's full statement, please visit vbschools.com, the VBCPS Facebook page at Facebook.com/VBSchools or follow us on Twitter @vbschools.

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