Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/11/2021 - 6:30 PM
Category: Consent Calendar
Type: Action
Subject: Revised SY 2021-2022 Academic Calendars for Extended Thanksgiving Break
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 1: Systemic Alignment
ACPS will build a culture of continuous improvement and design equitable systems for school and instructional improvement.
Goal 2: Instructional Excellence
ACPS will ensure that all students have access to and engagement with high-quality instruction.
Goal 3: Student Accessibility and Support
ACPS will ensure students have equitable access to and engagement with programs and supports that reduce barriers to learning.
Goal 4: Strategic Resource Allocation
ACPS will strategically provide differentiated resources and supports to schools and departments.
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
Policy: IC/ID - School Year/School Day
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
211111_Memo_Revised_2021-2022_Academic_Calendars_v3.pdf
211111_Att1_Revised_2021-22_Traditional_Academic_Calendar_v2.pdf
211111_Att2_Revised_2021-22_Modified_Academic_Calendar_v2.pdf
211111_Revised_2021-22_Traditional_Academic_Calendar_approved.pdf
211111_Revised_2021-22_Modified_Academic_Calendar_approved.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: ACPS has notified families and staff that the Thanksgiving Break will be extended this year by two days. All ACPS schools and offices will be closed Nov. 22-26, 2021 and amended the 2021-2022 calendar to reflect all ACPS schools and offices will be closed Nov. 22-26. This change will not impact the rest of the 2021-22 calendar nor result in days added at the end of the school year. ACPS determines the standard school year based on instructional hours and ACPS exceeds the VDOE requirement.
Background: ACPS understands how important it is to consider the individual well-being of everyone in our schools and the families in our community as we work to ensure that students can thrive in a safe and healthy learning environment. With this in mind, ACPS amended the 2021-2022 calendar to extend the Thanksgiving Break by two days so that everyone can have time to decompress and connect with the important people in our lives, while still being mindful of health and safety protocols the many challenges our students have faced over the past year and a half. This decision was made upon careful consideration of the high levels of stress that our students, families and staff have expressed during the first few months of this school year.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the revisions to SY 2021-2022 Academic Calendars to extend the Thanksgiving break.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Ramee A. Gentry Moved, Member Jacinta Greene seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the revisions to SY 2021-2022 Academic Calendars to extend the Thanksgiving break.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 8 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 8 - 0
   
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes
Meagan L. Alderton     Yes
Christopher A. Suarez     Yes
Jacinta Greene     Yes
Dr. Michelle Rief     Yes
Heather Thornton     Yes