Thanks for your strong response to our request for feedback about the draft 2018-19 academic calendar! The survey inquiring about winter break scenarios received more than 1,000 responses. By a 2-1 margin, it showed a preference for a two-week winter break that begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The Charlottesville School Board voted for this winter break option at its meeting on 1/4. The Albemarle County School Board will vote on the calendar — possibly with a different winter break — next week.
Comments about this year’s calendar:
- Winter break: Based on community feedback, we conducted a follow-up survey to see what break scenario is preferred. See chart below for responses.
- Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s? U.Va.’s spring break is typically at the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. Our 2016 survey of the initial draft indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
- Half-days: Based on community feedback, one half-day has been eliminated in draft 2.
- History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.