VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 01/12/18 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 032 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

Three snow makeup days identified, first semester extended due to Winter Storm Grayson

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 to make up two of the instructional days lost during Winter Storm Grayson. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has also decided to waive a third snow day for students by using time built in to the 181-day school calendar.

The makeup plan includes:

  • Jan. 29 (Staff Day) will make up time lost Jan. 4
  • Feb. 19 (Presidents' Day) will make up time lost Jan. 5
  • Jan. 8 will not be made up by students; missed time for employees will be made up through a flexible schedule or use of approved leave.

For high school students, Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 will be a "C" Day, where they will attend all of their classes during the day instead of following the A/B block schedule. For middle school students on block schedules, Jan. 29 will be an "A" Day and Feb. 19 will be a "B" Day.

This makeup plan addresses the first three of six total instructional days missed due to Winter Storm Grayson. With weather forecasts calling for more snow next week, VBCPS' administration will wait to see the impact of that winter weather before making any additional operational changes to the school calendar.

Regardless, Spence has determined that the division will not be using days from Spring Break (April 2-6), Saturdays or the Memorial Day holiday (May 28) as makeup days. In addition, with this makeup schedule, VBCPS will still be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Given the length of time out of school, the division will also extend the first semester from Friday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Feb. 2. Report cards for the second nine weeks and first semester will be sent home Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The 2017-2018 school calendar has been updated to include the makeup days and semester changes. The updated calendar is available on www.vbschools.com.

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