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Reminder to employees: Plan now to use your annual leave

From: Human Resources

As a reminder, the last day to use your accrued 2021 leave is Jan. 9, 2022.

While you may not have taken leave you normally would have taken this year, it’s important to take time away from work for your mental health and wellness.

Remember that you’ll need to cover Dec. 27–30, 2021, with appropriate leave types during the university’s Winter Closing. For example, a full-time employee working eight hours Monday through Friday will need 32 hours of leave for these four days. The most common types of leave used for this period are annual, family personal, and compensatory (holiday comp, overtime comp). Sick leave is not appropriate to use for these days unless you have a documented illness or doctor’s appointment during that time. (See below for additional information on upcoming Virginia Tech holiday breaks.)

We encourage you to work with your managers or supervisors now to plan ahead and ensure you can use your leave and reduce your annual leave balance by Jan. 9, 2022

More information about leave carryover limits for different positions is available on the HR Leave website. For more information on Virginia Tech holidays please refer to University Policy No. 4315: Guidelines on Holidays.

Questions about leave and leave usage? Please contact your college or department’s HR representative or contact the HR Leave Team at


Upcoming holiday closings:

  • Thanksgiving break: University is closed from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Nov. 26, and reopens on Monday, Nov. 29.
  • Winter break: University is closed from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, and reopens on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. 

A full list of university holidays is available on this page.

Designated holidays:

The following days are designated holidays for eligible faculty and staff. You do not need to use annual leave on these days.

  • Thanksgiving break: Wednesday, Nov. 24, starting at noon, through Friday, Nov. 26.
  • Winter break: Thursday, Dec. 23; Friday, Dec. 24; and Friday, Dec. 31.
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