Another Richmond-area school system has opted not to use newfound flexibility to start the school year earlier.
The Chesterfield County School Board last week decided that it won't pursue a pre-Labor Day start for the 2020-21 school year. The General Assembly last year repealed part of what became known as the “Kings Dominion Law,” a requirement that said school districts without waivers must open after Labor Day. Schools are now allowed to open as early as two weeks before the early September holiday.
Students will have a four-day Labor Day weekend under the legislation with schools out the Friday before Labor Day through the actual holiday on Monday.
The law didn't take effect until July 1 and all area school districts had already set their calendars for the 2019-20 school year.
For the 2020-21 school year, both Chesterfield and Henrico counties have said they won't start before Labor Day.
The Chesterfield School Board said they'd want a potential pre-Labor Day change be made to the 2021-22 school year because families and staff may have already made vacation plans for August 2020.
District leaders plan to formally propose a post-Labor Day start for next school year in January.
For those of you with families, this sounds fun:
The University of Richmond is hosting its annual Trick or Treat Street next Sunday.
The event, now in its 21st year, is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Children can trick or treat at UR’s Stern Plaza between Ryland Hall and Jepson Hall.
Roughly 50 student organizations will have activity booths across the plaza and there will food trucks on campus, bouncy houses, a petting zoo, straw maze, photo booth, haunted forest, and candy, the university said.
"Since my freshman year, Trick or Treat Street has been my favorite event on campus,” said Ali Ohara, a UR student and president of Trick of Treat Street. “The event brings the community and campus together to celebrate Halloween while raising money for a good cause. I encourage everyone to check out this joyous event."
All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. The university is asking families to bring a $10 donation to go directly to the Ronald McDonald House.