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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fairfax County School Board Reduces 2007-08 School Year, Adds Professional Development for Staff Members

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to reduce the 2007-08 standard school year calendar by two days, making Friday, June 13, the last day of school for most Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students. The last day for modified calendar elementary school students will be Tuesday, June 17, and May 30 will be the last day for modified calendar secondary school students.

“The School Board made this decision because we did not use all our inclement weather days this year,” says FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale. “By giving the students an extra day or two off, the Board provides teachers with additional time to take advantage of professional development opportunities and complete mandatory training sessions.”

As part of this action, the School Board reassigned Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17, as teacher workdays for schools following the standard calendar and reassigned Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19, as teacher workdays for schools following the modified elementary school calendar. On these days, teachers can complete end-of-year assignments and mandatory training and make plans for the upcoming school year.

“The Fairfax Education Association (FEA) thanks the School Board for helping ease the time demands on FCPS teachers by reassigning these unused inclement weather days,” says Leonard Bumbaca, FEA President. “The two days will provide time not otherwise available for teachers to complete some mandatory training, reflect on the results of the recent working conditions survey, and facilitate timely and thorough end-of-year procedures.”

An exception to this revision is that students at Braddock Elementary School, Cunningham Park Elementary School, Flint Hill Elementary School, and Wolftrap Elementary School will have their last full day of school on Monday, June 16, to make up for one day of school lost due to a power failure earlier this year.

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Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.