Three makeup days identified for Winter Storm Grayson school closures

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 to make up two of the instructional days lost during Winter Storm Grayson. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has decided to waive a third snow day for students by using time built in to the 181-day school calendar. Additionally, given the length of time out of school, the division will also extend the first semester from Friday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Feb. 2. Report cards for the second nine weeks and first semester will be sent home Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The makeup plan includes:

  • Jan. 29 (Staff Day) will make up time lost Jan. 4;
  • Feb. 19 (Presidents’ Day) will make up time lost Jan. 5; and
  • Jan. 8 will not be made up by students; missed time for employees will be made up through a flexible schedule or use of approved leave.

For high school students, Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 will be a “C” Day, where they will attend all of their classes during the day instead of following the A/B block schedule. For middle school students on block schedules, Jan. 29 will be an “A” Day and Feb. 19 will be a “B” Day.

This makeup plan addresses the first three of six total instructional days missed due to Winter Storm Grayson. With weather forecasts calling for more snow this week, VBCPS’ administration will wait to see the impact of that winter weather before making any additional operational changes to the school calendar.

Days that will not be used as makeup days, as already determined by Spence, are days from Spring Break (April 2-6), Saturdays and the Memorial Day holiday (May 28).

The 2017-2018 school calendar has been updated to include the makeup days and semester changes. The updated calendar is available on

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