by Lisa Tome
Governor Larry Hogan's executive order, which was signed in August 2016 declared that Maryland public schools have to start after Labor Day.
Cecil County Public Schools had to adhere to that mandate.
"The Calendar Committee had a unique set of challenges in developing their recommendation this year as a result of the Governor's executive orders mandating the beginning and end of the school year. Given the additional rules in the Code of Maryland Regulations, there were fewer decisions to make for next year. Future calendars may prove to be even more challenging," said Dr. D'Ette Devine, superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools said in a Board of Education meeting earlier this month.
The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year has now been released. School starts after Labor Day. Unless you are a teacher.
The major considerations during the committee meetings included determining the first day of school, defining the length of Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, designating professional days, designing a calendar with consideration given to staff development, providing inclement weather days, and determining the end of the school year and graduation dates.
All teachers are required to be back to school on Friday, September 1.
Students in Pre-K through grade 12 start school on Tuesday, September 5.
There will be a professional day on October 20. For Thanksgiving break, schools will be closed November 22, 23, and 24. Winter break will be December 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and January 1. Schools will be closed January 15 for Martin Luther King holiday. Schools will also be closed February 19 for Presidents' Day.
The spring holiday will be three days - March 30, and April 2-3. School will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day.
Graduations will be held between June 7-9. The last day of school for students will be June 8.
Inclement weather make up days if needed are March 29, April 3, April 27, and May 25. There will also be make up days June 11-15 if needed.