The Board of Education has approved revisions to the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.
The school year will still begin for students on Aug. 31, 2015, with teachers reporting the week prior to school.
The changes came about because of the rescheduling of the presidential primary election by the Maryland General Assembly in April, which voted to move the primary election back three week to Tuesday, April 26.
The change shifts the election away from the Easter holiday, which would have coincided with the first day of early voting on Sunday, March 27. It moves the primary from the same day as neighboring Washington, D.C., but allows Maryland voters to head to the polls the same day as those in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers suggested MCPS also alter its calendar to move the professional day which was scheduled for April 4 up to March 24. That would allow for the third marking period to end on March 23 before spring break. The fourth marking period would then start on the first day students return from spring break on April 4. Spring break is proposed to begin March 25 to April 1, with March 24 as a professional day with no school for students.
Students will be off on March 24 for a teacher workday and all MCPS schools and offices will be closed on April 26 for the presidential primary. Students will attend school on April 4 and 5, which were days off in the calendar originally approved by the Board.
The 2015-2016 school year will still end on Friday, June 17, 2016, unless the school district suffers through another winter with multiple snow days. MCPS has built four emergency snow days in to the calendar. If the school year is disrupted by emergencies and schools are closed for five days a contingency day will be used on June 20. MCPS has contingency plans for up to nine school days which, if necessary, would extend the school year to June 24. 2016.