Virginia Beach public schools won’t be starting any earlier this year

VIRGINIA BEACH — Students at public schools in the city won’t have to worry about their summer break being cut short by the new law allowing for an earlier start to the school year.

A recently signed state law has allowed for schools in Virginia to open before Labor Day, but the city’s schools have decided to keep to their original scheduled opening date on Sept. 3, 2019.

“Given the extensive plans already in place under the approved school calendar — by both school administration and VBCPS families — there are currently no plans to adjust that [2019-2020 school year] calendar,” said Lauren Nolasco, city public schools spokeswoman.

Before this each local school board was required to set the school calendar so that the first day students are set to attend school is after Labor Day unless the Board of Education waives the requirement, according to Virginia’s Legislative Information System.

Now, local school boards have the ability to set the school calendar so that the first day of school is no earlier than 14 days before Labor Day unless the Board of Education waives the requirement.

The law would also require students still get Labor Day off as a holiday.

Nolasco said the school district likes the flexibility the new law provides but any decision on the start of school would have to involve the community, school board and city.

Currently there are no plans to adjust future calendars without community and school board meetings to discuss possible changes, she said.

To view the upcoming 2019-2020 school calendar, click here.

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