County stu­dents get out of school June 9

Record Observer - - School -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — A mild win­ter means stu­dents in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools will get out of school early. The county school board ap­proved endof-year ad­just­ments to the 2016-2017 cal­en­dar at the April 5 board meet­ing. Since only two of the five built-in snow days were used, the cur­rent school year will now end on Fri­day, June 9, for stu­dents and teach­ers. The fi­nal three days of the school year will be half days for stu­dents with no pre-kinder­garten classes on those three days. The last day for pre-k will be Tues­day, June 6.

The board also ap­proved changes to the 2017-2018 aca­demic cal­en­dar, in­cor­po­rat­ing the post-La­bor day start man­dated by Gov. Larry Ho­gan. The first day of school for stu­dents will be Sept. 5, 2017, with the last day sched­uled for June 15, 2018.

The fol­low­ing re­vi­sions were based on rec­om­men­da­tions from a group that in­cluded par­ents, teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors. The group rec­om­mended more time for Fall par­ent con­fer­ences and made spring con­fer­ences op­tional over the course of two half days. The spring con­fer­ence days are op­tional since teach­ers meet with and dis­cuss par­ent con­cerns through­out the year. Par­ent feed­back sug­gested that spring con­fer­ences are sec­ondary to the im­por­tance of fall con­fer­ences. How­ever, par­ents are en­cour­aged to ask for an “in per­son” meet­ing or sched­ule a phone call with their child’s teach­ers through­out the year.

The 2017-2018 school year will also end with three half days — three for both high schools and the last two days as half days for el­e­men­tary — with no pre-k classes on those three days. Four snow days are built into the 2017-2018 cal­en­dar. In the event that more than four snow days are needed prior to March 7, 2018, school will be in ses­sion on March 29, 2018.

Printable copies of the full cal­en­dars can be found at www.qacps.org.

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