Veterans Day should be a school holiday

Today Veterans Day is a federal holiday. The History of Veterans Day shows how the observances have changed since the first Armistice Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

It is a school holiday in the public schools in the District of Columbia, Prince William County, Arlington County, and Manassas City. In Prince George’s County, school is closed for students and parent teacher conferences are scheduled.

In Montgomery County, November 10 and 11 are early release days for K-8. Students are dismissed after lunch and parent conferences are scheduled.

In Anne Arundel County schools dismiss two hours early. There is no half-day P.M. preK/ECI or p.m. sessions at CAT centers. First period evening high school classes are cancelled.

Veterans Day is a full school day for students in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Fauquier County, Falls Church City, Alexandria City, and Charles County.

Veterans Day should be a student holiday. In 2012 and 2013 Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield District) proposed making Veterans Day a holiday in Fairfax County. However, these proposals were not passed. The vote for the 2015-16 calendar will be March 5, 2015.

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