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January 24, 2014

Fauquier schools’ calendar unchanged despite closings

The calendar has five makeup days built in, and the other three days do not have to be made up. The school division is using ‘banked’ time to cover the last three days missed. Basically, banked time is the instructional time that exceeds the state’s minimum requirement.
— Karen Parkinson, schools’ spokeswoman
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Despite the rash of closings because of weather, Fauquier County Public Schools won’t need to shorten spring break or extend the school year — yet.

County students had no classes Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Then, snow, ice and extreme cold closed schools the rest of this week.

“While students . . . have missed eight days of school as of (Friday) Jan. 24, there is no impact on the current school-year calendar at this point,” schools spokeswoman Karen Parkinson said. “The calendar has five makeup days built in, and the other three days do not have to be made up. The school division is using ‘banked’ time to cover the last three days missed. Basically, banked time is the instructional time that exceeds the state’s minimum requirement.”

But, if weather prompts more closings, administrators “may need to alter the current calendar, if the division should be in jeopardy of not meeting the state’s requirement of 990 hours of instruction.”

Associate Superintendent for Instruction Sandra Mitchell tracks the number of daily instructional hours, deducting recess and early dismissals, Ms. Parkinson said.

As of Friday, spring break — April 14-21 — remains intact. And, Tuesday, June 10, remains the final day of classes.

But, the distribution schedule for report cards will change because of the school closings. Elementary and middle school report cards will go out Wednesday, Jan. 29. High school report cards will be issued Thursday, January 30.

Approved 2013-2014 Calendar by Fauquier Now


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