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Snow Days Prompts Dinwiddie Schools to Convert Feb. 29 Early Release into Full School Day

Michael Campbell February 18, 2016 Dinwiddie News
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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VIRGINIA – In an effort to make up missed schools days due to the recent bout of wintery weather, Dinwiddie County Schools have converted an upcoming student early release day to a full day of classes.

In a message sent via the school division’s Facebook page, Monday February 29’s student early release will now be a full-day of instruction as the school system works to stay on pace for required classroom hours as mandated by the state board of education.

Schools are required to complete a minimum of 990 hours or 180 days during the course of a given school year.

During our interview two weeks ago, Dinwiddie County Schools superintendent William Clark explained that the school system’s calendar actually has 181 days and over 990 classroom hours built into it, adding they are “about 50 hours over the 990 minimum requirement.”

At that time, Clark did stress, if another storm system prompts schools to close, one or both of those upcoming student half-days for teacher development, February 29 and April 13, may be changed to full instructional days.

School officials said a robocall alerting parents to the calendar change will be going out Thursday evening.

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