Work on after Labor Day calendar begins
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.