2021 Back-To-School Guide for Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Stafford

Kids are heading back to school soon! Here's everything you need to know.

By Jenny Sites July 24, 2021

Hard to believe, but the first day of school for kids in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford is coming up FAST! Looking for school calendars in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford? Fun back-to-school events in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford? Where to get your kid's back-to-school haircut or go back-to-school shopping in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford? We have it all, plus advice and tips for dealing with that first day anxiety, printables to make those first-day pics special, and even ideas on what to pack for lunch! Check it all out here!

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School calendars:

Stafford County Public Schools
First Day of School: August 9, 2021
2021-22 Stafford County Public Schools Transitioning Plan

Elementary Shift #1  7:45am to 1:55pm
Elementary Shift # 1 8:15am to 2:25pm
Middle School & Early Childhood  8:45am to 2:55pm
High School 9:20 to 3:30

City of Fredericksburg Schools
First day of school: August 10, 2021
2021-22 City of Fredericksburg Schools Calendar

School Supply Lists
Hugh Mercer Elementary School 8:35 A.M. -3:15 P.M.
Lafayette Upper Elementary School 8:25 A.M. -3:15 P.M.
Walker-Grant Middle School 7:40 A.M. -2:40 P.M.
James Monroe High School 7:45 A.M. -2:45 P.M.
Original Walker-Grant RISE and STARS 8:30 A.M. -2:00 P.M.
Head Start 8:40 A.M. -2:10 P.M.
Preschool –ECSE 8:45 A.M. 1:00 P.M.

Spotsylvania County Public Schools
First day of school: August 12, 2021
2021-22 Spotsylvania County School Calendar

School Supply Lists

Elementary School - 8:45am - 3:30pm
Middle School - 8:00am - 2:45pm
High School - 7:35am - 2:20pm


New Vaccination Requirements for 2021-22 School Year


Fredericksburg Health Department

Spotsylvania County Health Department

Stafford County Health Department

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Back to school events

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Back to School Supply Drives

  • July 26, 2021 1:30-4:30 at Southpoint Walmart
  • August 7, 2021 9am-5pm at Staples

Back to School Supply Giveaway

  • August 7, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm at the Exxon at Old Forge
  • August 7, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center


 Tax Free Weekend: August 6-8, 2021

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines

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More tips to make this school year in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford a great one:

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