Based on a change to the Code of Virginia in 2019, school boards are now permitted to open schools as early as two weeks before Labor Day. If this change were to occur, the law requires that students have a four-day Labor Day weekend with schools closed the Friday before Labor Day through the actual holiday.
Chesapeake Public Schools is seeking stakeholder input to determine if a pre-Labor Day school start should be considered for future school calendars.
Starting school before Labor Day could provide a more flexible school calendar, with the possibility for longer winter and/or spring breaks, additional days built in for inclement weather, added days for teacher workdays/in-service days, and/or the potential to end the school year earlier.
It could also allow more preparation time for high stakes assessments such as SOL, AP, and IB tests, which are scheduled on a national level.