Schedule Changes (Closings or Delays)
When Fairfax County Public Schools have a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated as soon as the decision is made on this web site, on cable TV Channel 21, via email through Keep in Touch, on area radio and television stations, and on Facebook and Twitter.
|August 28, 2018||School Begins|
|September 3||Labor Day – Student Holiday|
|September 19||Students Released Three Hours Early|
|October 8||Columbus Day Holiday – Student Holiday|
|November 2||First Grading Period Ends *+|
|November 5-6||Student Holidays|
|November 21-23||Thanksgiving Break|
|December 14||Students Released Three Hours Early|
|December 24-January 4, 2019||Winter Break|
|January 18||Students Released Three Hours Early|
|January 21||Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – Student Holiday|
|January 24||Second Grading Period Ends *+|
|January 25||Student Holiday|
|February 4||Student Holiday|
|February 18||George Washington’s Birthday – Presidents’ Day –
|March 11||Students Released Three Hours Early|
|April 4||Third Grading Period Ends *+|
|April 5||Student Holiday|
|April 15-19||Spring Break|
|May 27||Memorial Day – Student Holiday|
|June 13||Last Day of School (scheduled) **
Students Released Three Hours Early
|*||Schools are open.|
|+||Report cards are provided to parents at the end of each grading
period and at the end of the school year.
|**||Early release on the last official day of school.|
|Makeup Day Schedule|
|Days Missed||Makeup Days|
|Up to 12 equivalent days missed (or 72 hours)||No makeup required|
|13th missed day||No makeup required|
|14th missed day||April 5 will be considered a makeup day|
|15th missed day||No makeup required|
The guidelines for determining the Standard School Year Calendar are outlined in Regulation 1344.
Makeup days may be used to ensure 990 hours of instruction. Missed days, delayed openings, and early dismissals must be considered in the calculation of these hours.
State code requires school districts to make up the first five missed days of school, and then requires only every other day of missed school to be made up. Currently, FCPS has the equivalent of 12 days built into the calendar.