Loudoun School Board Adopts Next Year’s Calendar

After receiving overwhelming support for one of two calendar options for the 2022-2023 school year, the School Board last week approved that version.

The calendar was adopted Dec. 14 on an 8-1 vote, with Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) opposed. 

Of 3,928 respondents to a survey, including parents, staff, and community members, 72% (2,835) supported the version adopted by the board.

Respondents to the survey who supported the option said that the later start date (Aug. 25) falling on a Thursday was an appealing factor for the choice. Winter break will span from Dec. 19, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023. School will be closed during Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Spring Break will be April 3-7, 2023.

There will be eight planning days, three staff development days, and five new teacher work days.

The last day of school will be June 8, 2023.

To view the adopted 2022-2023 calendar, click here.

The School Board voted 8-1 to adopt option 2 as a calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

8 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Adopts Next Year’s Calendar

  • 2021-12-20 at 4:44 pm
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    LCPS test scores have fallen off a cliff. How does LCPS respond? Why they shorten the school year by 10 whole days

    Teachers supported this calendar in large part because it gives them 5 more vacation days as well as 5 more teacher “workdays” where no student instruction takes place. Think about that. And then consider how many school board members have friends and family who are LCPS employees who stand to benefit while students, especially minority students with lower test scores, suffer. Does anybody actually believe LCPS wants “equity” or any kind of quality education for any child?

    • 2021-12-22 at 5:55 pm
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      Oh, stop being so histrionic, Brian.

      Most of those teacher workdays are in August before students return. The addition of the Juneteenth holiday is after school lets out.

      This doesn’t look particularly different to me than in the past.

      And define “falling off a cliff.”

      • 2021-12-23 at 6:44 pm
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        Let’s go slowly.

        1. LCPS has historically had 180 instructional days. It is now 170. That is a reduction of 10 instructional days regardless of what you and your union allies say.

        2. Of those 10 fewer days, 5 are simply given to teachers as additional holidays (aka shorter work year).

        3. Growth scores show how much kids learn in a year compared to similar kids and districts nationwide. For the entire division, scores usually range from the high 30s percentiles to the low 60s percentile. LCPS last year scored in the 42nd percentile, FAR BELOW what a typical student/district would learn.

        4. You are incapable of comprehending what I posted. The Junteenth holiday only affects year round employees. So the 10 fewer workdays for teachers is over and above Junteenth. If we don’t want our students to end up being incapable of basic logic and apologizing for government officials decreasing K-12 instruction by 10 days/year while increasing spending, we need to educate them well unlike LCPS.

        • 2021-12-24 at 2:53 pm
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          See, Brian, many of those workdays are in August prior to the student start of school. Virginia also doesn’t require a set number of days, it requires a number of hours — 990 as I recall.

          Maybe you want to warehouse children. I don’t. I see nothing wrong with the schedule at all.

          And your prattling about test scores falling “off a cliff” is just embarrassing. Everyone knows last year was a difficult year. This one is harder. Moreover, maybe if we had fewer teachers doing things like shilling for politicians in ads and grandstanding by announcing they will violate school policies on basic, human decency things like using students’ preferred pronouns, we could get back to basics and stop allowing our students and community to be used as pawns in right-wing fantasies about school decline.

          • 2021-12-27 at 11:50 am
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            Can you tell the truth just one time?

            Let’s compare the 2010-2011 school calendar with the one passed by this radically woke school board for 2022-2023.

            Both started in late August. The one in 2010 started later at Aug 28 on a Monday. This one starts earlier on Aug 25 on a Thursday.

            Both ended on June 8.

            For the 2010-2011 year, there were 8 mid-year student holidays (planning days, national holidays) with an 8-day winter break and a 5-day spring break.

            Forthe 2022-2023 year, there are 20 mid-year student holidays with an 11-day winter break and a 5-day spring break.

            You are lying. The pre-school year work days have nothing to do with the 10 fewer instructional days throughout the year. Nor do they have anything to do with the shorter workyear for teachers. Private schools have maintained instructional days. Private schools have maintained their test scores. Despite extorting the taxpayers for $200M more in funding over the past 2 years (for a $1.3B budget) at over $20K/year per pupil, enrollment is DOWN in LCPS. This school district and its woke, union-backed school board is completely broken.

  • 2021-12-20 at 7:21 pm
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    I think LCSB made the right decision by voting for this calendar. I was puzzled when a newer board member pushed for an alternate calendar. I couldn’t understand the benefit he was claiming. At any rate, he ended up supporting this calendar & I’m grateful for that. Happy Holidays Loudoun!

  • 2021-12-21 at 11:33 am
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    So when you factor in the 10 day snow allowance, vacation, allowable sick days, deeply discounted family medical plan and automatic untaxed contribution to pension above automatic salary schedule increases what is the actual remuneration per hour for an in-school department head who teaches one less class than regular teachers? 🙂 What is the hourly rate for school board members who don’t attend all of the two meetings per month over 10 months of meetings? Now do the same for BOS members and see who is actually paid more for the hours expended? 🙂

  • 2021-12-21 at 1:56 pm
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    Wouldn’t it be great if the number of actual in-school learning days was shown?

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