Inauguration Day Will Be a School Day for Loudoun Students

Loudoun County students and teachers will be asked to report to school on Inauguration Day, despite a request from some to declare it a system-wide holiday.

The School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to follow its calendar adopted a year ago and hold classes on Jan. 20. Board members Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) and Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin) opposed the motion, preferring the school day be canceled.

“Some say it’s too late in the calendar year to make this change. But in 2008, the decision [to cancel classes for Inauguration Day] was made on Nov. 11. The precedent was set,” DeKenipp said.

DeKenipp has five tickets to the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Donald J. Trump.

He pointed out that the School Board voted to alter the already adopted calendar to cancel school Jan. 20, 2009, for the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. School was also out for Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, but because it fell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Board member Debbie Rose (Algonkian) countered his point, and noted that over the last 20-plus years, more often than not, Inauguration Day has been an instructional day in Loudoun.

“In January, we have many days off, which is very hard on our kids and our teachers who have to get our kids back on track,” Rose said.

Superintendent Eric Williams recommended holding classes that day, only because he did not want the calendar that had been set a year ago altered.

Students who choose to attend the inauguration or watch it on television will accrue an excused absence that day, because they would be missing classes for educational reasons, according to Williams.

Rose, and a few board members, suggested the board adopt a policy that offers a guideline on whether, going forward, Inauguration Day is a school holiday to avoid a last-minute, politically charged decision.

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4 thoughts on “Inauguration Day Will Be a School Day for Loudoun Students

  • 2016-12-15 at 11:10 am
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    What a bunch of hypocrites. Obama’s Inauguration was good enough for the change, but not Trump’s? I guess Obama’s history is more important than Trump’s history if you are in public “education.”

    And let us be reminded that the day before election day the schools are closed so the Democrats can mobilize their educational-industrial complex for get-out-the-vote operations.

  • 2016-12-15 at 9:21 pm
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    Hypocrites, David – are you including the new SB members in that attack? The SB members elected to replace the ones at the helm when Obama was inaugurated? What exactly is your definition of hypocrisy? I never knew it applied to someone who did was voted in to change the environment. Are you going to call Trump a hypocrite because he changes the gov’t stance on any number of issues that were in place for 8 years? No? I think you are the hypocrite here.

  • 2016-12-16 at 11:10 am
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    When it is a President the overwhelmingly Democratic institution likes, then they get a day off because they all have tingles going down their legs. When it is someone they don’t like, then there is no day off.

    The can of worms was opened when they let their emotions get the better of them and took the day off for Obama. Either make it a day off every 4 years or don’t. Now the decision is capricious.

    We have at least 1 School Board member who detests Trump so much she was arrested for her anti-Trump actions. On top of that, LCPS is probably still in shock and mourning that Clinton got her backside handed to her. Voting for a day off for Trump would have added insult to injury to these precious snowflakes. They have enough trouble trying to weed out know pedophiles at LCPS. The Board didn’t want to handle a staff revolt too.

    • 2016-12-16 at 4:53 pm
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      David – new representatives are elected to replace old ones that the public think are wrong for the community. That is why we voted and is why Trump got elected. This is not about tingles or pedophiles or hatred of Trump. It is about a day off of school. Your insistence that the board is hypocritical for making a wise decision this year is completely without cause but ripe with emotional baggage. If a family wants to go to DC for the day, then they should go. Nothing is stopping them. There is no school policy on attendance that punishes students for taking days off for inauguration, vacation, college visits or even mental health days. Voting a day off for the inauguration would impact all students and essentially give them an extra vacation day. Regarding a staff revolt, again you have no basis in reality of fact for that statement.

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