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Henrico students may have bike race to thank for extra day off

Posted at 8:52 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 21:01:21-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The Henrico School Board will consider giving students the day off from school on September 23 due to the UCI Road World Championships. September 23 is currently a half day for Henrico students.

“Visitors from all over the world will be filling local roads that week, making it a challenge to keep school bus routes on schedule in some parts of the county. The Wednesday half-day student holiday had already been scheduled to allow for staff planning and development time, and falls during the bike race by happenstance,” Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks said.

The Board will discuss the potential change at its August 13 work session. If the calendar is adjusted, teachers would still use the day for planning and development.

VCU previously announced classes were cancelled during the race.

Classes will not be held on the Monroe Park Campus from Sept. 21 through Sept. 25. Students in the Health Sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions) will need to check with their academic program contact as each schedule will be managed separately. Please be assured that academic integrity will not be compromised as adjustments to the calendar have been made to ensure sufficient teaching hours are maintained.

Hanover County Schools will use September 23 as a student and teacher holiday, Hanover Schools spokesman Chris Whitley said.