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YCSD, WJCC Public Schools propose to start 2021-22 school year before Labor day

The York County School Division and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools propose a pre-Labor Day start date for the 2021-22 year. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York County School Division)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Students in the York County School Division (YCSD) and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) may be returning before Labor Day this coming school year.

The calendar committee for York County School Division announced during Monday night’s school board meeting that they are recommending a “pre-Labor day start” for the 2021-2022 school year. 

As per the proposal, the new start date for YCSD students would be Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 with an end date of Friday, June 10, 2022.

According to YCSD’s website, the new calendar proposal has several benefits, including maintaining a two-week winter break, increasing instructional time to accommodate SOL testing and providing an earlier end to the school year. 

The committee considered multiple factors, including prior public feedback, in identifying calendar priorities,” the school division website noted. 

Family and community members are encouraged to provide comments and feedback until March 17 through the school division’s 2021-2022 Calendar Feedback website. The school board is slated to vote on the calendar change on March 22. 

Meanwhile, WJCC Public Schools‘ calendar committee presented two potential plans for the 2021-2022 school year during the March 2 school board meeting.

The “pre-Labor Day draft” for WJCC Public Schools includes a start date of Monday, Aug. 30, while the “post-Labor Day draft” proposes a start date of Wednesday, Sept. 8. 

The drafts are posted online for community members of WJCC Public Schools to provide feedback until Thursday, March 11 at noon. 

“Both versions of the calendar avoid the first day of school on first day of Rosh Hashanah, reduce the number of Early Release Days, and include three Virtual Learning Days for students,” the division’s website noted. 

Eileen Cox, spokeswoman for WJCC Public Schools, wrote in an email on Tuesday, March 9, that a final recommendation will be presented to the school board during the March 16 meeting.

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