PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)—Last month's winter weather has made a mess of the Petersburg City Public Schools school calendar. It means changes to holidays, spring break and the last day of school.
Students and staff will now have school days on Feb. 17, President's Day, and May 26, Memorial Day. April 14 and 15, which were originally scheduled as spring break days, will now be snow make-up days, and school days will be added to the end of the year (June 16 and 17).
Also, due to the calendar shift, PCPS spring break will now be April 16-21.
As you can imagine, this is causing scheduling headaches for parents.
Every year, the Bridgeworth family plans a road trip during spring break when their three kids are off from school.
"[We] visit some family, you know, just take a little break. Let the kids release a little tension from school," said father Azail Bridgeworth.
But thanks to the new snow make up days for Petersburg City Public Schools, the family may have to go another route.
"We'll definitely have to change some plans."
Some parents who had previously booked a trip aren't happy about the changes.
"If your vacation is already paid for you can't just readjust your schedule. I think they should just keep it how it was originally planned."
"I told the girls when they said it was going to snow and they had all those days off from school, 'be ready to get your spring break tapped in because you're missing an awful lot of school so early in the year,'" said parent Jewell Brightwell.
School officials say: "Education is a top priority for Petersburg City Public Schools. Due to the inclement weather—instructional and academic time was loss. We must make up that time, by law. Great consideration was made when selecting the snow make-up days."
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