Fairfax County public school schedule for next year is announced

It’s snowing and Christmas is just a couple of weeks away, but it’s time to think about summer and mark some dates on next year’s calendar.

Fairfax County public school classes will begin on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The school year will end on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Some other important dates:

  • Teachers report: Friday, August 17 (may work from home)
  • Thanksgiving break: November 21 – 23, 2018
  • Winter break: December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019
  • Spring break: April 15 – 19, 2019

You can print your own copy of the FCPS calendar here.

The school calendar was created by a committee that included representatives of VOICE, FCCPTA, and various FCPS teacher and staff associations. A news release from the Fairfax County School Board says the calendar “was developed with a focus on instruction and learning time for students, as well as improved professional development opportunities for staff. While teaching and learning was the priority, a multitude of factors were considered and balanced during the development of the calendar.”

Doesn’t state law say schools can’t start before Labor Day?

The School Board’s news release says that “FCPS currently qualifies through the 2019-20 school year for 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.”

What about snow days?

Virginia law requires schools districts to provide 180 days or 990 hours of classroom instruction each school year. This calendar contains 180 school days.

The School Board says if weather or emergency situations bring the number of days below 180 the school system changes from counting days to counting hours. Because of the length of the school day the FCPS has extra hours built into its calendar and the total hours exceed the 990 hour state requirement.

What about teacher-prep days?

A total of seven teacher workdays, four school planning days, and three staff development days are included in the 2018-19 calendar.



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