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WJCC School Board Approves Changes to School Calendar, Finalizes Graduation Date

The WJCC School Board approved changes to the 2021-2022 school year calendar. (WYDaily file)

WILLIAMSBURG-JAMES CITY COUNTY — On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) School Board approved revisions to the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year calendar, which included finalizing the WJCC graduation date.

Back in November, revisions to the 2021-2022 school year calendar were brought to the school board.

After receiving feedback from the school community following the first virtual learning day on Oct. 1, administration recommended changing the remaining virtual learning days on Jan. 27 and March 4 to teacher work/collaboration days and student holidays to address teachers’ concerns regarding the need for additional planning time.

The calendar revisions were approved, and there was a request to bring forward any additional changes to the calendar during the February 2022 meetings.

As part of the changes, Friday, April 29 will be designated as a teacher workday/student holiday to address teacher workload.

The changes also shifts the June calendar to finalize the graduation date for all three high schools on Friday, June 10.

The last day of school for all WJCC students will now be Thursday, June 9. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 10 at William & Mary’s Kaplan Arena.

“We’re excited this year to be able to use the Kaplan Arena again and have all three graduations on the same day there,” Superintendent Dr. Olwen Herron said,

The school board also discussed the options for the 2022-2023 school year calendar.

The WJCC calendar committee, which consists of a group of staff and community members, made several considerations when developing the calendar options.

The considerations included maintaining the pre-Labor Day start date like the current school year, having two full five-day weeks for Winter Break and scheduling for teacher collaboration days.

The school board heard two options for the 2022-2023 calendar.

The first option would see a Monday, Aug. 29 start date, with Thursday, June 15 as the last day of school, six full-day student holidays, six early release days for elementary schools, four early release days for middle schools and six early release days for high schools.

The second option would see a Wednesday, Aug. 24 start date, with Thursday, June 8 as the last day of school, four full-day student holidays, eight early release days for elementary schools, six early release days for middle schools and eight early release days for high schools.

In both options, Thanksgiving break is Nov. 23-25, winter beak is Dec. 19-30 and spring break is April 3-7.

Community members can share feedback on the calendar options here until Thursday, Feb. 10.

The school board will make a decision at its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

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