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2018-2019 School Calendar Posted for Public Comment

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The Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) is currently accepting comments from the public regarding the draft of the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, the Superintendent, said, “The calendar for the school year 2018-2019 is similar to the 2017-2018 calendar. We may need to make adjustments in 2020 when Labor Day falls on September 7, but until then we do not expect significant changes.”

The calendar draft is in compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order requiring the school year to start after Labor Day and end by June 15. The later start of school in 2020 may necessitate other changes during the year in order to abide by the mandate.

Highlights from the 2018-2019 proposed calendar include:
• First day for students (9/4/18);
• Schools closed for students on Youth Day at the Fair (9/28/18);
• Schools closed for General Election (11/6/18);
• Winter and spring recess similar to the 2017-2018 school calendar;
• Senior graduations (6/5/19 and 6/6/19);
• Last day for students (6/11/19 – based on 180-day calendar for students); and
• Possible make-up days: 2/19/19, 4/18/19, and 6/12-14/19).

The CCPS Calendar Committee is comprised of representatives from the Calvert Education Association, Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff, Calvert Association of Supervisors and Administrators, and the Citizen Advisory Committee, as well as staff from the Departments of Information Technology, Finance, Instruction, and Administration.

When developing the calendar, the committee considered such items as:
• Instructional continuity;
• Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requirements;
• The Governor’s Executive Order;
• Contractual requirements (employee work year, teacher work time);
• Input from stakeholders;
• Professional development needs;
• Graduation ceremonies; and
• Inclement weather and emergency contingencies.

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), states that the following dates are public school holidays: (i) Thanksgiving Day and the day after; (ii) Christmas Eve and from then through January 1; (iii) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; (iv) Presidents' Day; (v) The Friday before Easter and from then through the Monday after Easter; (vi) Memorial Day; and (vii) Primary and general election days. Unless a waiver has been granted by the State Superintendent due to an emergency, schools must be closed for students on those days.

The calendar will be posted for public comment until June 7, 2017. Comments may be submitted to Karen Maxey at maxeyk@calvertnet.k12.md.us.

The draft of the 2018-2019 calendar is posted on Board Docs at http://bit.ly/1819CalCCPS.
The approved calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is posted at http://bit.ly/1718CalCCPS.

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