Future calendars open for comment
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.