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BOE Sets MCPS Calendar for Next School Year

The Board of Education adopted the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 meeting. The school year will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and the last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018.

“We understand how important it is for our families to have a calendar as soon as possible to begin planning their year,” said Board President Michael Durso. “While we were able to make this work for the coming school year, it is important to note that there are several considerations in future years that will further complicate the calendar structure within the time frame of Governor Hogan’s executive order.

The Board also adopted a contingency plan that includes a total of seven identified dates that could be used as instructional days if necessary to make up school due to emergency and weather-related closings. Two of these days are the first two days of the scheduled spring break, March 26 and 27, 2018. The remaining five days would require the district to extend the school year until June 21, 2018.

On November 15, the Board approved the start dates for the 2017-2018 school year and instructed Montgomery County Public Schools staff to continue to identify options to implement the instructional and operational elements of the calendar, including inclement weather make-up days.

The calendar adopted by the Board for the 2017-2018 school year is consistent with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order that established a timeframe for the school year to begin no earlier than the Tuesday after Labor Day and to end no later than June 15. The calendar also is consistent with state regulations regarding inclement weather closings, and maximizes instructional time for all MCPS students while preserving a multi-day break in the spring for families and staff.

In August, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order that mandates all Maryland public schools start after Labor Day, conclude by June 15, and include 180 days of instruction. The Board had approved a resolution on October 10 stating its preference to adopt a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year that would begin prior to Labor Day and asked Superintendent Jack R. Smith to apply to the State Board for a waiver of the start date before Labor Day. However, Governor Hogan’s amended executive order further restricting the conditions under which local school boards could apply for and be granted a waiver of the time frame.

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