Students and staff members in Henrico County Public Schools could be getting the school year started a little early come 2021 if all goes to plan.
HCPS Superintendent Dr. Amy Cashwell shared a message on Facebook Monday afternoon that indicated the school system is considering starting classes earlier now that the state repealed the so-called “Kings Dominion Law” that required Central Virginia school systems to start after Labor Day. Her message read in part:
Today is Labor Day, and many of you are aware that, in the future, all Virginia school systems now have the option of starting school prior to this holiday. Recognizing the impact that changes to the school calendar can have on Henrico families, we’re not ready to make that change just yet. So, please consider it official:
In 2020, Henrico Schools will continue its practice of starting the school year on the day after Labor Day. However, we will consider an earlier start to the school year for 2021-22, but only after we gather plenty of community input and give significant advance notice should there be any changes.
We plan to share more details on the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years as our annual calendar creation process takes place this fall.
Read the full message from Dr. Cashwell below.