2021-22 Calendar Development

Each year, the Joint Albemarle County/Charlottesville City Schools Calendar Committee works to produce a school calendar that supports our goals to engage students, improve opportunities and achievement, and get the most productivity out of our resources. The committee is composed of teachers, parents/guardians, and school and central office administrators.

Please note that the calendar development process is separate from any decision ACPS may make on our stage of returning to school next year. Further, the calendar is subject to change in response to guidance or directives from local, state or federal officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approved 2021-22 School Year Calendar

At their meeting on April 1, 2021, the School Board approved Draft B as the official calendar for the 2021-22 school year. Under this calendar, the 2021-22 school year will open for students on Monday, August 23, 2021.

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2021-22 School Year Calendar
First page of the PDF file: 2021-22SchoolYearCalendar_Approved040121_ENG
2021-22 Calendario Escolar
First page of the PDF file: 2021-22SchoolYearCalendar_Approved040121_SPA

Revised 2021-22 Calendar

One success story emerging from the pandemic is dedicated time for our teachers to participate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within and across schools. PLCs are teams of educators who collaborate to share ideas and enhance their teaching practice in order to improve student achievement.

Following School Board approval of the Draft 2021-22 School Year Calendar on February 25, the division revisited the calendar with the intention of allocating time each month for teachers to continue engaging in the important work of PLCs.

Division staff presented an updated version of the 2021-22 calendar to the School Board for consideration on March 11. The updated calendar allocates one half-day each month (September through April) for teachers to participate in PLC meetings.

In response to the Board's feedback during their March 11 meeting, staff drafted two options for the Board to review during their meeting on April 1. Both options retain one half-day each month (September through April) for teachers to engage in PLC meetings. The primary difference between the two drafts is the first day of school. Draft A includes a start date of Wednesday, August 25, and Draft B starts the school year on Monday, August 23.

During their meeting on April 1, the Board is asked to adopt either Draft A or Draft B as the official calendar for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Draft Calendar

Following two meetings in November and December 2020, the Calendar Committee published an initial draft of the 2021-22 School Year Calendar and invited students, families, employees, and community members to review the draft and provide feedback through a brief survey from January 6-15, 2021. Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with the draft calendar on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating “very dissatisfied” and 5 indicating “very satisfied.”

The division received a total of 2,549 survey responses, 93% of which indicated a satisfaction rating with the draft calendar of 3 or higher.

The School Board reviewed the draft calendar on February 11, 2021, and approved the calendar on February 25, 2021.

Calendar Development Timeline

The following dates are subject to change.

  • December 9, 2020 | First committee meeting to draft calendar
  • January 6, 2021 | Post draft calendar and open community survey for feedback
  • January 15 | Close community survey
  • January 19 | Second committee meeting for revisions
  • February 2 | Third committee meeting (if needed)
  • February 11 | Present draft calendar to School Board as Information Item (for review)
  • February 25 | Present draft calendar to School Board as Action Item (for approval)
  • March 11 | Present updated calendar to School Board for information and review
  • April 1 | Present two final options to School Board for action/adoption