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Gloucester, Mathews to open after Labor Day

Virginia schools no longer have to wait until the Labor Day weekend to begin the school year, but it looks as though Gloucester and Mathews will continue the practice … at least for the 2019-2020 school year.

The so-called “Kings Dominion law,” which required school divisions to start classes after Labor Day unless the district had applied for a waiver, was eliminated last week as Gov. Ralph Northam signed a pair of bills giving divisions across the commonwealth the option of beginning the year as early as two weeks before the early September holiday.

In those bills, students are guaranteed a four-day Labor Day weekend, with schools out the Friday before Labor Day through the holiday itself. The new law takes effect July 1, so schools could opt to have an early opening this coming year.

In Gloucester

Gloucester public schools may begin the school year in August in the future, but not for the 2019-2020 academic session. 

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