A bill introduced by Del. Bob Thomas that would allow Fredericksburg and Stafford County schools to open Aug. 12 passed both General Assembly chambers shortly before the 2019 session drew to a close.

“It looks like our language to allow Stafford to start as originally planned will go to the governor,” Thomas said Friday. “This would also allow Fredericksburg, if they decided to, to start at the same time as the other two.”

The bill was a last-minute effort to allow Stafford and Fredericksburg public schools to start the academic year at the same time as Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline county schools.

The Stafford and Fredericksburg school boards both approved an early start date for the 2019–20 school year, but did not yet have waivers for the state-mandated post-Labor day start date.

A separate bill that passed earlier last week amended the so-called “King’s Dominion Law” to allow schools to start as early as two weeks before Labor Day and eliminated most options for obtaining waivers to that date, leaving it unclear whether Stafford and Fredericksburg would be able to open as early as Aug. 12.

But Thomas’ bill once again gives them that option.

Adele Uphaus-Conner: 540/735-1973


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Adele Uphaus-Conner: 540/735-1973



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