Will adjustments need to be made to DMV school calendars due to missed days?

Many school districts in the DMV have only been to school for one or two days this week because of snow, if any, and in a year when many parents want their kids to go to school. school after being away for much of last year, anxiety is mounting. Many parents want to know: are we about to make adjustments to school calendars?

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Three districts in northern Virginia closed Thursday. Fairfax County’s largest public schools announced their closure on Wednesday, and Arlington and Alexandria followed suit shortly thereafter.

Arlington and Alexandria both alluded to staff issues as the reason for their shutdown.

FOX 5 spoke with Fairfax Superintendent Scott Brabrand to learn the background to their decision.

“We are in a pandemic, and things we never considered before are having bigger impacts than ever, especially staff this year in the pandemic,” Brabrand said.

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FCPS has announced a plan where their central office will be empty for the next few weeks. Central office staff will deploy to schools to help with staffing, all to ensure the district remains open to in-person learning, which all districts say they want to do safely.

So, are the issues we’re seeing going to have an impact on school calendars? It is still too early to tell, officials said.

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DC, Maryland, and Virginia all have built-in snow days, and virtual days are counted as teaching days.

However, in Virginia, only 10 unplanned virtual days are allowed each year, according to new state guidelines, which means that a potential impact could occur on the road if a particular district has personnel or service issues. weather report.

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