The Professional Development Program and Calendar for Licensed Personnel


    Virginia School Law requires each school division to offer professional development opportunities to its teachers and administrators.[1] 


    Participation in the FCPS professional development program also gives teachers and administrators the opportunity to satisfy their state license recertification requirements. Courses and other specialized activities may offer additional recertification points.  Professional development activities offered in Fauquier are in general free of charge to FCPS employees.


    Teacher/Counselor/Librarian 196 Day Contract Calendar 2019-2020 [2]          

    Contract Responsibilities


    # of days

    Teaching Days

    August 7, 2019 – May 29, 2020

    (includes afternoon TWD on half days: 10/10, 10/11, 12/19, 3/12, 3/13, 5/28, and 5/29 – 5/28 and 5/29 built in if needed.)



    Teacher Work Days (TWD) and

    In-Service Days (ISD)

    August 7, 12, & 13 – TWD all day in rooms and school mtgs.

    August 8,9 –  Division ISD and Convocation



    Parent Teacher Conference Day 9-12

    September 23, Half day for students –

                  Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    .5 (9-12)

    ISD K-8

    September 23, Half day for students – Afternoon, School ISD



    October 14, School ISD -  In School, Principal Designed


    Parent Teacher Conference Day K-8

    November 4, Half day for students  - 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    1 (K-8)

    ISD 9-12

    November 4, Half day for students  - Afternoon, School ISD



    November 5



    TWD and ISD

    January 2 – TWD

    January 3 – TWD (ISD as needed)


    Parent Teacher Conference Day 9-12

    February 24, Half day for students –

                  Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    .5 (9-12)

    ISD K-8

    February 24, Half day for students – Afternoon, School ISD



    June 1

    (Required at Principal’s discretion.)


    Flexible time for school events or professional activities

    Times/Dates Principal Chosen: training; open house; back-to-school nights; PTO meetings; additional conferences; programs; meetings; collaboration; teacher work time [3]



    Two Professional Learning Days

    15 hours to be completed outside of contractual time.


    TOTAL returning teachers


    (The additional contract day [196th] is a Superintendent’s

    discretionary day should this be needed.)



    TOTAL new teachers

    August 7

    New teachers are required to attend full day orientation


    (new teachers)


    [1] Each local school board shall provide a program of professional development…to assist teachers and principals in acquiring the skills needed to work with gifted students and handicapped students and to increase student achievement…” (22.1-253.13:5F; Virginia School Law).

    [2] 11- and 12-month licensed/certificated administrators’ contracts are built upon the teaching contract.

    [3] FCPS issues a 196-day professional teaching contract. Because teachers are professional employees exempt from the Federal Labor Standards Act, responsibilities other than those listed above are required of educators and often completed outside contract time because of the nature of professional work: lesson and unit planning; faculty/grade level/ department/team/ vertical school and division meetings and training; committee appointments for the school and divisions; IEP/TAT/RTI meetings; graduation, performances, PTO meetings and other school events; regular parent contact, conferences and calls; grading and assessments; web-page maintenance; development of IEP and individual student plans, etc.