March 17, 2017
The 2016-17 School Calendar adopted by the School Board on March 1, 2016, noted the last day of school would be determined based on the number of inclement weather days missed during the year. Seven inclement weather make-up days (June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13) were identified in the calendar and will be used as necessary. This means the last day of school will fall somewhere between June 5 and June 13 depending on the number of days missed due to inclement weather throughout the year.
The Code of Virginia requires each school year to be a minimum of 180 days. June 2, 2017, was designated the 180th day of the 2016-17 school year in Frederick County provided there were no school closings. The first five identified make-up days (June 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) will be used to make up the first five days of school missed due to inclement weather on a one-for-one basis. This means one make-up day will be added to the school calendar for each day of school missed during the year. The sixth and seventh identified make-up days (June 12 and 13) will be used to make up any school days missed in excess of the first five on a two-for-one basis as school divisions are only required to make up one day for every two days of school missed in excess of the first five.
The last day of school is now scheduled for June 8, 2017. Should additional days be missed, the last day of school will change according to the school calendar and scheduled make-up days.
The decision to identify all make-up days in the calendar and have them at the end of the year was made in order to protect holidays, spring break and professional development days in the school calendar. In the past, there have been times when these types of “no school” days have been changed to regular school days in order to make up for time missed due to inclement weather. Identifying the inclement weather make-up days and placing them at the end of the school year is done in many other school divisions and eliminates the need to alter the school calendar during the year.