VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 10/11/17 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 018 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

Share your feedback for the 2018-19 and
2019-2020 school year calendar options

In an effort to provide families as much planning time as possible, the school division has moved to a biennial school calendar development process; creating calendars for two school years at a time.

The calendar committee - made up of teachers, administrators, students and community representatives - recently met to develop options for the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years. At the request of the School Board, each calendar includes two professional learning days for staff, limited use of adjusted dismissal days, and the use of Mondays and Fridays for the division’s staff and professional learning days. In addition, the committee was tasked with ensuring an extended winter break with at least three days for travel before Christmas.

The calendar options for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years are now available for community review and feedback through the division's online e-Town Hall. As visitors to the forum will see, the primary difference in each set of calendar options is the placement of professional learning days for staff. The first option for the 2018-2019 school year also includes an extra day at Spring Break, which could be used as a makeup day, if needed.

Parents, students and school staff are encouraged to share their opinions on the school calendar options by visiting the e-Town Hall before midnight Wednesday, Oct. 25. All feedback will be considered before final recommendations are made to the Superintendent and School Board in November. A summary of feedback will also be provided to the School Board as part of the calendar adoption process.

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