Fairfax County public schools to start before Labor Day next year

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Parents of Fairfax County students: check your vacation plans for next summer.

The first day of school in the county will be Monday, August 28th.

The Fairfax County Public School’s 2017-18 calendar also lists the final school day as Friday, June 15, 2018 and includes a two-week winter break (December 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018) and a one-week spring break (March 26-30, 2018).  The School Board says the changes are being made to provide more instructional time before winter break, enhanced flexibility to help students and school staff members meet college application deadlines, and to end the school year earlier in June.

In February, the School Board received a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education to begin the school year prior to Labor Day.  This waiver is granted if a division misses an average of eight days per year during any five of the last 10 years due to weather conditions or other emergency situations. During the last 10 years, FCPS had five years in which the average number of snow days equaled more than eight days.

On March 30, Fairfax County Public Schools sent out a survey to all parents and staff asking for their feedback on starting school prior to Labor Day in 2017.  FCPS received more than 36,000 responses from parents. The survey results were presented to the School Board on April 28 and the Board directed the Superintendent to create a pre-Labor Day calendar for the 2017-18 school year.

The 2017-18 calendar sets Monday, August 21, as the first day back to work for teachers.  Graduations will be held on or after June 7, 2018. The last day of school will include a two-hour day for high schools and secondary schools, and a two-hour early dismissal for all other grades.

See the full school calendar here


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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.