Work on after La­bor Day cal­en­dar be­gins

Record Observer - - School -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County school cal­en­dar com­mit­tee be­gan meet­ing Thurs­day, Sept. 1, to de­velop a cal­en­dar that meets the new man­date that pub­lic schools start after La­bor Day and end by June 15.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan signed the ex­ec­u­tive or­der on the school start date Wed­nes­day, Aug. 31. He and Comptroller Peter Fran­chot held a press con­fer­ence on the Ocean City Board­walk to an­nounce the change.

“School after La­bor Day is now the law of the land in Mary­land,” Ho­gan said after sign­ing the ex­ec­u­tive or­der. He also re­quired schools to end by June 15. The new pol­icy is ef­fec­tive with the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

The man­date re­quires an in-depth anal­y­sis when it comes to de­vel­op­ing fu­ture school cal­en­dars, Queen Anne’s In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Pilewski said in a state­ment Sept. 2.

The cal­en­dar com­mit­tee is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous stake­holder groups who will work to­gether to rec­om­mend a school cal­en­dar for next year. The goal is to have a rec­om­men­da­tion to the su­per­in­ten­dent by the end of Novem­ber fol­lowed by a rec­om­men­da­tion to the school board by De­cem­ber 2016, he said.

“We will con­tinue to gather more in­for­ma­tion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new state man­date as stu­dent learn­ing re­mains our first pri­or­ity,” Pilewski said.

Schools will still be re­quired to sched­ule 180 in­struc­tional days for stu­dents. Ho­gan said that coun­ties will still be able to ap­ply for a waiver of the 180-day rule in the event of too many snow days. Sport sched­ules also will re­main the same, giv­ing stu­dent ath­letes more time to prac­tice be­fore the sea­son be­gins.

The ex­ec­u­tive or­der al­lows in­di­vid­ual school sys­tems to ap­ply for a waiver of the post-La­bor Day start re­quire­ment if they are able to pro­vide com­pelling jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. School sys­tems will have to ap­ply for this waiver an­nu­ally.

GREG PILEWSKI

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