The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. The calendar begins the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 for most students, and ends the year on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
After taking public comments for two months to develop a final calendar, the Board approved the 2017-2018 calendar at its Dec. 13 Board meeting. This calendar meets the requirements of the governor’s executive order to begin school after Labor Day and end the school year by June 15. More than 350 people shared input during the calendar process. Respondents favored the post-Labor Day start calendar by a 3-to-1 margin over the pre-Labor Day calendar.
Other dates in the approved calendar for the 2017-2018 school year:
Sept. 4 (Labor Day): Schools and Central Office closed
Sept. 5: School opens for students in grades 1-6 and 9 (Grade 6 only at Mardela, all grades report at Pittsville). Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students report during the first week as assigned by the school.
Sept. 6: All students grades 1-12 in school
Oct. 20 (Maryland State Education Association Convention): No school for students, professional day for teachers
Nov. 8 (Professional Day): Schools closed for students, open for teachers
Nov. 22-24 (Thanksgiving break): No school (Central Office and school offices closed Nov. 23-24)
Dec. 20-Jan. 1 (winter holiday break): Schools closed for winter holidays (Central Office and school offices closed Dec. 22, 25, 29 and Jan. 1). All schools and offices reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Jan. 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday): Schools and Central Office closed
Jan. 29 (Professional Day): Schools closed for students, open for teachers
Feb. 1: Evening High School Winter Commencement
Feb. 19 (Presidents Day): Schools and Central Office closed
March 29 (Professional Day): Schools closed for students, open for teachers
March 30 and April 2: Central Office and schools closed for spring holiday break. All schools and offices reopen Tuesday, April 3.
May 28 (Memorial Day): Schools and Central Office closed
May 31: Evening High School Spring Commencement
June 8: James M. Bennett High Commencement 7 p.m.
June 9: Commencement ceremonies for Mardela High (10 a.m.), Parkside High (2:30 p.m.), Wicomico High (7 p.m.)
June 8, 11, 12: Two-hour early dismissal days
June 12: Last day of school