Superintendent’s Memo #091-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 5, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Amendments to the Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings

At its meeting on March 28, 2013, the Board of Education adopted revisions to the Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings.

Section 22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia prohibits local school boards from adopting school calendars that require schools to open prior to Labor Day unless a waiver is granted by the Board for "good cause." The conditions under which the Board may grant such waivers are outlined in the Code.

Revisions to the guidelines include:

You will find the Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings in the attachment below and posted on the Department’s Web site at: www.doe.virginia.gov/info_management/data_collection/pre_labor_day_opening. Please contact the Office of Policy at (804) 225-2092 or by e-mail at policy@doe.virginia.gov, if you have any questions regarding these issues.

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Attachment:

  1. Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings (PDF)