Local school districts adjust calendars following winter storm

A truck is seen plowing the streets of Portsmouth, Virginia Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, during a winter storm. Credit: WAVY Photo/Bob Bennett

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — School districts across Hampton Roads have had to change their calendars after a winter storm caused several days of closures.

Students returned to school Thursday after the storm had closed many districts across the region for three days.


President’s Day, Feb. 20, will be a full makeup day for Portsmouth Public Schools. School officials say snow caused students to miss three school days. Two other days were already built into the school calendar, so only one designated makeup day is needed.


Gloucester County Public Schools have made changes to its calendar. Jan. 25 and 26 are now regular days for students. Jan. 27 and 30 will be early dismissal days for students.



Hampton City Schools say elementary and middle school students will attend a full day on Thursday, Jan. 26, which was originally supposed to be an early release day.

Friday, Jan. 27, which was originally a full teacher workday, will be a full school day for Hampton City Schools students.

High school students will follow the revised exam schedule, which can be found here.

Monday, Jan. 30 will be a workday/professional development day for teachers. Students do not report that day.


Chesapeake Public Schools have announced calendar changes in the wake of the storm. Friday Jan. 27, Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31 will now be full instructional days for all students.

Jan. 27 was originally scheduled as an early release day for students. Both Jan. 30 and 31 were scheduled as teacher workdays.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 was initially set as an instructional day, but will now be a teacher workday. Feb. 2 will mark the first day of the second semester.


Norfolk City Public Schools have announced that Jan. 31 and March 3 will be used as makeup days for Monday and Tuesday of this past week.

A banked day from the first semester will be used to makeup Wednesday.


Suffolk Public Schools were expected to discuss makeup days its Jan. 12 board meeting. The district’s board-approved calendar states that the first two days missed will covered by extra instructional hours built-in to the schedule.

Officials said on the school website that makeup days would be President’s Day (Feb. 20) and the Teacher Work Day on March 15, which was originally an early dismissal day.


Virginia Beach City Schools announced Friday that its makeup days for the winter storm cancellations will be Feb. 20 (Presidents’ Day) and March 8. Those two days will cover time missed on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.

School officials say Jan. 11 will not be made up.

“We have experienced extraordinary weather events this school year,” stated Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “From flooding and the hurricane in the fall to our most recent winter storm, the impact on our community has been almost without precedent. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our parents and staff as we adjust the schedule to comply with State law.”

Spence decided to waive the Jan. 11 snow day for students by using time built in to the school calendar.


York County Public Schools announced Wednesday that Jan. 30, 2017 will now be a makeup day for students. The second semester is scheduled to begin that day.

Stay tuned for updates as more makeup days are announced.