Virginia ends ban on starting school before Labor Day

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam signed two matching bills that let Virginia schools start before Labor Day. 

Under current law, commonly known as the Kings Dominion Law, school boards have to set the first day of school after Labor Day, unless they have a waiver from the Board of Education. Click here to see the reasons for a waiver and the schools that had waivers this year.

Under the new law, the first day of school can be no earlier than 14 days before Labor Day, unless a school board has a waiver from the Board of Education. 

The bills were sponsored by Republican Sen. Amanda Chase from Chesterfield and Republican Del. Roxann Robinson from Chesterfield. 

If a school system decides to start before Labor Day, the law says they must close schools from the Friday before Labor day through the Labor Day holiday. 

The new law takes effect on July 1, which means more schools could decide to start before Labor Day as early as the 2019-2020 school year. 

Read more on the new laws here and here

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