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[3/6/17]  All Alexandria City Public Schools will close on Wednesday after hundreds of staff members requested the day off. Wednesday, March 8 has been promoted as ‘A Day Without Women.’

“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said in a message to parents and students. “

The school district said 300 staff members requested to have the day off and attributed it to International Women’s Day.

“The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms. It is not based on a political stance or position,” Crawley said.

Students won’t have to make up the missed day thanks to unused snow days that were built into the schedule. It will be considered a teacher work day for all ACPS staff.

The school district acknowledged that a sudden day off for students can be disruptive and inconvenient for families. It’s offering the following activities and programs for all students, no matter where they go to school:

  • All Campagna Center Early Childhood Programs (Head Start, Early Head Start) and Campagna Kids After School programs will operate on the normal schedule. Campagna Kids Before School Program will be closed (Samuel Tucker and Polk Elementary School sites).
  • All Rec programs at schools will continue to operate as usual.
  • All ACPS scheduled after-school activities for March 8 will continue as planned.

ACPS will provide breakfast at 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at:

  • Patrick Henry Elementary School
  • Jefferson-Houston School
  • Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
  • William Ramsay Elementary School
  • Francis C. Hammond Middle School
  • T.C. Williams High School

Anyone with questions is urged to email the ACPS Office of Communications. You can do so here.

WUSA9 checked with several other local school districts about how they plan to handle ‘A Day Without Women.’ Here are their responses: