P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA  24457

540-863-1809     540-863-1804 fax

 

DATE:   February 15, 2016

 

ACTION ITEM

 

SUBJECT

Request for Approval of Pre-Labor Day Opening for 2016-2017

RATIONALE

Section §22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia prohibits the opening of public schools prior to Labor Day unless a school division qualifies for a waiver under the definition of good cause. The Code defines good cause as severe weather, energy shortages, power failure, or other emergency situations. In order to qualify for a waiver, a school division must have closed an average of eight days per year during any five of the last ten years and the wavier must be approved by the local school board.

 

Based on school closing data since the 2006-2007 school year, Alleghany County Public Schools have been closed an average of 12.8 days for good cause. Since the division does qualify for the pre-Labor Day Opening Waiver for 2016-2017, it is my recommendation that the board approve the wavier at the February 15, 2016 school board meeting.

 

A copy of the year-by-year calculation is included for your review. Please let me know if you need additional information.

ESTIMATED COSTS

0.00

BUDGET CATEGORY

Instruction

LEGAL REFERENCE

Section §22.1-79.1 of the Code of Virginia

STAFF CONTACTS

Mary Jane Mutispaugh

SUPERINTENDENT’S

RECOMMENDATION 

Recommended

 

 

School Year

Days Missed

2006-07

7

2007-08

5

2008-09

10

2009-10

14

2010-11

8

2011-12

4

2012-13

12

2013-14

16

2014-15

12

2015-16

4

 

 

 

10 + 14 + 12 + 16 + 12 =64

 

64 ÷ 5 = 12.8