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Calendar omission gives school employees extra vacation time

March 29, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of employees in Richmond Public Schools will get an extra week of vacation, thanks to an administrative error.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that all 659 year-round employees are getting paid time off next week for spring break. That’s about 15 percent of the total workforce.

The extra time off came after the word “designated” was accidentally omitted from the 2018-19 school calendar legend. It should have said “Denotes Holidays/District Closure for Students and Designated Staff.”

Designated staff are teachers and others who do not work year-round. A school district spokeswoman said that without the word “designated,” the implication was that the division would be closed next week.

Superintendent Jason Kamras said employees made plans with their families and school officials “felt it was important to honor that.”

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