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Schools announce make-up days, revise exam schedules
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After most Fredericksburg-area school districts missed nearly a week of school, it’s easy to be confused about what the next week will look like for students around the region. The following is a roundup of when school is expected to resume around the region.
Monday will be a teacher workday in Fredericksburg schools, as planned.
On Tuesday, students will return to a revised exam schedule.
A schedule of makeup days has not yet been released.
Because of the loss of instruction time during the inclement weather this week, Stafford County Schools made Friday, Jan. 24, a teacher work day instead of Monday, Jan. 27, so students can return to school as soon as possible.
The division canceled all high school exams.
In Stafford, report cards will go out Feb. 11.
The time lost from Thursday’s closure prompted Stafford schools to make up class on Monday, Feb. 17, which would have been a holiday for President’s Day.
Spotsylvania also rescheduled its teacher workday to be held on Friday so students can return to school Monday.
Spotsylvania has scheduled two makeup days so far. Students will now attend school on Feb. 17 and March 31 in that division to make up lost instruction time.
Even though Spotsylvania schools canceled exams, students may request to take an exam if they wish to better their semester grade.
Report cards in Spotsylvania will go out on Feb. 3.
Caroline students should expect to be in school Monday for a regular day.
Here are the changes to the calendar the school system has released:
Jan. 30 and 31—regular school days
Feb. 3—teacher workday / Professional Development
Feb. 4—start of second semester
Feb. 10—report cards
Feb. 17—regular school day.
KING GEORGE COUNTY
Monday, Jan. 27 will remain a teacher workday.
Feb. 17 and March 31 will become makeup days.
School will resume at normal time for all students on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Final exams for high school students are canceled. Students who prefer to take their final exam may arrange to do so with their teachers. Such arrangements should result in all exams completed by Friday, Jan. 31.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, high school students will attend all of their first semester classes briefly in the morning to return textbooks, schedule exams if preferred, and receive second semester schedules before going to second-semester classes. High school students should bring all first-semester textbooks to school on Tuesday.
Students will return to school Tuesday, Jan. 28. Monday will be a teacher workday.
Since Louisa County Schools began the school year before Labor Day the first semester ended before winter break, so no exams were scheduled during the snow days.
For the days missed so far, the originally scheduled Feb. 17 holiday and the March 17 teacher workday will become regular school days.
In Orange County, both Monday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, were originally scheduled as teacher workdays. Due to the prolonged closings, those workdays were moves up, making them Friday and Monday. Students will return to school Tuesday.
End-of-course high school math SOL tests will now be administered on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The status of all other first-semester exams and assessments will be clarified for students when they return to school on Tuesday.
Report cards in Orange will be sent home on Feb. 11 instead of Feb. 4, as scheduled previously.
Students in Culpeper County will use all of their built-in makeup days since the division has missed seven days of school so far this year.
Those days are built in at the end of their academic calendar. Student will attend school on June 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
While students in Fauquier County Public Schools have missed eight days of school as of Jan. 24, there is no impact on the current academic calendar at this point.
The calendar has five makeup days built in.
The other three days do not have to be made up because the division is using banked time to cover those days.
That banked time is the instructional time that exceeds the state’s minimum requirement.
Elementary and middle school report cards will now be distributed on Wednesday, Jan. 29. High school report cards will be distributed on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Compiled by reporters Robyn Sidersky and Lindley Estes.