House Bill 1983 (Greason): School calendar; opening day of the school year.
This bill would give local school boards the responsibility for setting their school calendars and determining the opening day of the school year. It also would have eliminated the current law that mandates that schools start post-Labor Day or have a “good cause” waiver to start prior.
RESULT: The bill was Defeated in Senate subcommittee on a vote of 9 to 6.
Senate Bill 1111 (Edwards): School calendar; adds to “good cause” circumstances for waiver of school opening.
This bill would have added another “good cause” requirement for which school divisions may be granted a waiver from the regular post-Labor Day school opening schedule. The waiver may be granted for any school division that had entered into a dual enrollment agreement with a comprehensive community college. In effect, this would have made almost every school division in Virginia eligible to apply for a waiver.
RESULT: The bill was Defeated in Senate Education and Health Subcommittee on a 9 to 7 vote.