Calendar Development: 2024-25 & 2025-26

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has started its annual calendar development process earlier than usual with a plan to approve a two-year calendar for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years by fall 2023. Throughout the development process, the Calendar Committee, which is composed of teachers, parents/guardians, and school and central office administrators, will consider feedback from students, employees, families, and community members, and their work will prioritize the following goals:

  • Create a two-year calendar that meets state requirements for instructional hours and supports the division’s efforts to engage students and improve opportunities and achievement.
  • Enable time for division-level and school-based professional learning and collaboration for staff to deepen their understanding of instructional practices that support student learning.
  • Embed time for teachers to work individually on such tasks as updating lesson plans, grading assignments, preparing materials, etc.
  • Limit the number of half-days for students.

Calendar Development Timeline

The following dates are subject to change.

  • April 18, 2023 | First committee meeting to review multiple calendar drafts
  • April 25, 2023 | Second committee meeting to determine which draft calendar(s) to put forth for public review
  • May 17, 2023 | Post draft calendar(s) and open community survey for feedback
  • June 2, 2023 | Close community survey
  • Oct. 23, 2023 | Third committee meeting to review survey feedback
  • Dec. 4, 2023 | Fourth committee meeting to finalize recommended calendar
  • Jan. 11, 2024 | Present recommended calendar to school board for review
  • Jan. 25, 2024 | Present recommended calendar to school board for approval

Approved Calendar

The 2024-25 School Year Calendar was approved by the Albemarle County School Board on January 25, 2024. The 2024-25 school year will open for students on Wednesday, August 21, 2024.

Click on a calendar below to open a larger, printable version in a new tab.

2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

(Approved January 25, 2024)

First page of the PDF file: 2024-25SchoolYearCalendar_Approved012524_English
2024-25 CALENDARIO ESCOLAR

(Aprobado el 25 de enero de 2024)

First page of the PDF file: 2024-25SchoolYearCalendar_Approved012524_Spanish

The approved calendar features:

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024, as the first day of school for students;
  • Friday, June 6, 2025, as the last day of school for students;
  • A traditional three-day Thanksgiving holiday; and
  • A full two-week Winter Break.

The 2024-25 calendar also includes an increased number of non-student days: Six days are reserved for a combination of training, professional development, and teacher work time, in addition to three traditional teacher workdays. This decision was based on three key factors:

  1. Mandatory state requirements for reading training for all teachers;
  2. Implementation of a new reading curriculum and materials for grades K-5; and
  3. Anticipation of new math standards that will require planning and training.

The Calendar Committee plans to propose fewer non-student days in future years.

Recommended Calendar

After nearly a year and a half of discussion, the Albemarle County Public Schools Calendar Committee did not recommend an earlier start to the school year, nor did they decide to advance a two-year calendar. Staff presented a 2024-25 School Year Calendar Recommendation to the school board during their meeting on January 11, 2024; the board will vote on the proposed calendar on January 25, 2024. The January 25 meeting will include an opportunity for community members to offer public comment.

Recommended Calendar

The recommended calendar features:

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024, as the first day of school for students;
  • Friday, June 6, 2025, as the last day of school for students;
  • A traditional three-day Thanksgiving holiday; and
  • A full two-week Winter Break.

The recommended calendar differs from the current 2023-24 school year calendar as follows:

  • We’ve extended New Teacher Academy from four days to five. (We added Monday, August 5, 2024.)
  • We’ve included six non-student days reserved for a combination of mandatory training, teacher work time, and division or school-based professional learning (compared to five days specifically for division professional learning).
  • We’ve added shapes and patterns to our calendar labels to make the calendar more color blind friendly.

Community Survey: May 17 – June 2, 2023

To help with planning, the Calendar Committee asked stakeholders to review the two draft calendars below and then participate in a survey between May 17 and June 2, 2023:

Draft Calendar 1 Draft Calendar 2

The survey sought opinions from participants on an earlier start to the school year; a shorter Winter Break; an earlier Spring Break; the timing of teacher workdays and professional learning days; and the appropriate number of instructional days for students. In total, more than 1,700 students, parents/guardians, employees, and community members participated in the survey. Thank you for your valuable input! Survey results can be viewed as a PDF or Word document by clicking on the following buttons:

Survey Results - PDF Survey Results - Word

This fall, the Calendar Committee will reconvene to review community feedback and begin crafting a two-year calendar for school board review and approval. (The recommended 2024-25 and 2025-26 calendars will have similar structures.) Please note that it is unlikely that either of these draft calendars will move forward as the recommended calendar for the 2024-25 school year. They are intended as a starting point, whereby “Calendar 1” more closely resembles our traditional calendar, and “Calendar 2” includes some of the ideas we’re evaluating.

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