Please take a minute to review the draft and share your thoughts with us for the committee’s consideration before they bring the calendar before the Board.
Please note that this calendar is subject to change due to the pandemic and local, state, and federal guidance.
A joint committee from Charlottesville Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools will review the feedback and then present recommendations to the School Boards for review and voting.
Comments about the calendar:
- 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 near 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. A 2016 survey indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
- Religious Holidays: Our practice is not to observe religious holidays as school holidays (but we do try to avoid scheduling evening events on major religious holidays). Students or staff who wish to be absent to observe a religious holiday can do to do so.
- History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar, although the two calendars are not always identical. A joint committee works together to create draft calendars, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the drafts before submitting the recommended calendar(s) to the two school boards for approval.