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Department of Education
GDForum ID: 117
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
Revisions to the Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings are needed to comport with HB 1652 and SB 1005, which were approved by the 2019 General Assembly. These bills permit all school divisions to begin school up to 14 days before Labor Day, effective July 1, 2019. This legislation also eliminates all of the existing “good cause” waivers and permits the Board to provide “good cause” waivers for school divisions providing year-round instructional programs, applicable only to the opening date for the schools in the division that are providing year-round programs. Amendments are proposed to the Guidelines to align with the legislative changes, including: • Removing all guidelines related to the “good cause” waivers that are no longer permitted by law. • Establishing guidelines for the Board to grant “good cause” waivers for school divisions providing a year-round instructional program, and delegating the authority to grant such waivers to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
The agency is considering feedback and has not yet made a decision to confirm or delay the proposed changes.
Document ID Document Title Document in Effect Proposed Document
School Calendar Guidelines for Considering and Approving Requests for Pre-Labor Day Openings pdf Document     pdf Proposed Document
Contact Information
Mr. Zachary Robbins
Director of Policy
101 N. 14th Street, 25th Floor
The Virginia Register

Publication Date: 8/19/2019    Volume: 35  Issue: 26
The public comment period began upon publication and extended for 30 days. It ended on 9/18/2019.
View Comments      There are 6 comments. The last comment was entered on 9/13/2019

Effective Date:  9/19/2019 
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