Fu­ture cal­en­dars open for com­ment

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — Two cal­en­dars were pre­sented at the Nov. 2 meet­ing of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The cal­en­dar com­mit­tee had been work­ing on a pro­posal for the next two school-year cal­en­dars, which are now con­strained by Mary­land Gov. Ho­gan’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der to be­gin after La­bor Day and end by June 15.

The two pro­posed cal­en­dars, pre­sented by Dave Brown, su­per­vi­sor of ac­count­ablilty, and Mark Far­ley, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources, in­clude all state man­dated hol­i­days — La­bor Day, Thanks­giv­ing and the fol­low­ing Fri­day, Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth­day, Easter (en­com­passed by spring break), and Memorial Day.

“Usu­ally we would come to the board with two or three cal­en­dars to post, so par­ents could voice on op­tions avail­able .... Quite frankly the gover­nor made our job very easy by set­ting the start date and end date, and there aren’t many op­tions,” said Brown.

“We are fin­ish­ing school one day be­fore his dead­line,” Brown said. The pro­posed end date is June 14.

“We could take a day be­fore or after spring break or some­where else in the cal­en­dar or we could re­move one of the two pro­posed days — shown in blue on cal­en­dar on the QACPS web­site — Oct. 20 or Nov. 22,” he said.

The 2017-18 cal­en­dar in­cludes Oct. 20 as a day off for students and to al­low teach­ers to at­tend an elec­tive pro­fes­sional con­fer­ence and Nov. 22 prior to the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day as a travel day. The last day for students is pro­posed as June 14, and would pro­vide an 185 day school year with five built in snow days. This cal­en­dar ver­sion also al­lows for built in pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and par­ent/ teacher con­fer­ence days.

In 2018-19 there is an ex­tra day off when Christ­mas Eve falls on a Mon­day, Brown said. Oth­er­wise, it is es­sen­tially the same.

The cal­en­dars are open for pub­lic com­ment and feed­back on the QACPS web­site. The cal­en­dars will be re­viewed in their fi­nal stage at the De­cem­ber school board meet­ing.

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