The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve minor adjustments to the 2014-2015 standard school year calendar.
Student holidays will be scheduled on staff development days, teacher work days, and strategic planning days.
The strategic planning day on Monday, April 6 follows spring break, providing a student holiday immediately following the break.
New for 2014-15, four strategic planning days will be scheduled for teachers on September 29, February 2, March 16, and April 6. The strategic planning days will be student holidays.
In total, the revised 2014-15 school year calendar includes seven teacher workdays to offer teachers time for staff meetings and professional development, as well as three teacher staff development days, four strategic planning days, and six days with a two-hour early release for teacher directed time.
The length of the school year remains the same, but the number of days for students has been reduced from 183 days to 180 days. By eliminating the shortened Monday schedule for elementary schools, FCPS was able to make changes to the calendar that comply with state accreditation for 990 hours of instruction. The change to 990 instructional hours also eliminates the need to make up inclement weather days at the end of the school year if fewer than 13 days are missed.