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February 20, 2019

Fauquier schools closed 11 days so far this winter

The school system can absorb five more days of closures without disrupting the calendar, according to Superintendent David Jeck.
Fauquier County Public Schools students have missed 11 days of classes so far in 2018-19 because of inclement weather.

The school system already has used up all of the makeup days built into the calendar. 

As a result, students will go to school Wednesday, March 13, and Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31 — previously scheduled as days without classes. 

The April 15-19 spring break remains intact.

The school system has the equivalent of five makeup days using “banked hours,” Superintendent David Jeck told the school board Monday.

“I’m going to recommend the next five additional missed days, we utilize banked days,” Dr. Jeck said. “If we go beyond the five additional days, we will come back to (the school board). It could require a calendar change.”

The Code of Virginia requires students to attend school at least 180 days or 990 hours each year.  

In previous years, Fauquier’s school board added days to the calendar or extended the length of the school day if the system risked falling short of Virginia’s schedule requirements. 

The school system set a record with 20 weather-related closings in 1993-94.

School closures in recent years

• 7 in 2017-18.

• 3 in 2016-17.

• 8 in 2015-16.

• 11 in 2014-15.

• 17 in 2013-14.

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brandonj · February 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm
Banked days/hours, delayed openings, closing school when it's going to be 55 degrees tomorrow. Now all we ask is a few million more - for a quality education of course. In lieu of these funny policies, let's issue some funny monopoly money.
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