Approved 2021-22 School Calendar

Approved 2021-22 School Calendar
Posted on 12/11/2020

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Hanover County School Board approved the 2021-22 school year calendar. The calendar can be found here.

Please note that the school year is slated to begin on Tuesday, September 7. Similar to the start of this school year, we will limit attendance on the first day of school (September 7) to pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, and ninth grade students to allow our newest learners and those facing the most significant transitions into our buildings first.

All other students will begin instruction on Wednesday, September 8.

Here are other notable highlights that we hope will be helpful as you begin planning for next school year:
  • Two full weeks for Winter Break
  • Spring Break is the first full week in April
  • Election Day is a student and teacher holiday
    • Seventeen of our schools serve as voting precincts and experience hundreds of visitors on Election Day every November. As a result, we are moving parent/teacher conferences to the day before the election (Monday, November 1, 2021) in order to reduce traffic and increase safety at our schools.
  • Eliminated seven Early Closings to give much-needed professional learning and collaboration time to our educators.  This also eliminates disruption to the school day and to student learning, as well as limits early closing-related logistical issues for families.
  • Added four Flexible Learning Days (more information below) to allow for innovative instruction and additional planning time for educators, among other benefits. All four of these days are on Mondays.
What is a Flexible Learning Day?

The Flexible Learning Day is an asynchronous learning day in which students will participate in carefully designed and meaningful learning activities from home. The activities will be designed to be completed independently and will not require students to login to their class. The activities can be completed and turned in to be counted within two days of the Flexible Learning Day. 

The Flexible Learning Days will provide teachers with opportunities to collaborate within their content area, provide time to plan instruction, participate in professional learning activities, and assess individual needs of students. 

Students will be provided activities prior to the day. Students who complete the activities will be counted as attending school for that day, allowing HCPS to maintain 180 days of learning.

More information regarding student learning opportunities and Flexible Learning Days will be shared in the coming months.


The proposed calendars were developed by a committee of parents, teachers, support employees, and administrators and in coordination with the other major school divisions in the metro-Richmond area. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions or comments during the calendar planning process.
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