February 26, 2019...The School Board of the City of Manassas recently revised the 2018-2019 School Calendar to change June 11, 2019, from an instructional day to a teacher workday in response to a request from the Director of Elections/General Registrar for City of Manassas to use six out of nine schools for polling sites for the primary election on June 11. As you know MCPS uses Raptor to check visitors who enter our schools; however, on Election Day we do not have the authority to require a check in and it is not possible to lock down any sections of the building to protect students from strangers entering the buildings. As a result, the School Board voted to change June 11 to a teacher workday.
If the City of Manassas requests to use of MCPS school buildings for primary elections on the second day of June in the future, it will not be in conflict with our school calendar. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, MCPS is starting school earlier in August and ending the school year earlier in June.
Manassas City Public Schools realizes closing school on June 11 is not optimal and understands how parents may feel about the last week of school having a day with students not in school. It also recognizes that attendance may be affected on the following two early release days. Please know that we will continue to watch the number of snow days the division experiences and make adjustments when the opportunity arises.