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Question and Answer
Question and Answer > school on MLK day View modes: 
Meg Wightman - 1/21/2013 8:52:17 AM
school on MLK day
I echo Emily North's comments and concerns regarding the choice to schedule school on MLK day rather than Lee Jackson Day and appreciate your response and intention to plan differently in the future.

Another piece to consider for future schedule changes might be working parent availability on days off from school. There was a bit of scurrying going on throughout the city as working parents had to make childcare arrangements for Friday, when many (at least many state employees - such as JMU faculty and staff) were off from work on Monday for MLK day while their children headed off to school.

HCPS - 1/22/2013 7:26:25 AM
RE:school on MLK day
Thank you for your comment. Friday, January 18th was a planned teacher workday approved and published February 2012. This was not a new day off for students. HCPS, like most school divisions, has a teacher workday at the end of the first semester.