Board of Education Seeks Additional Input on Draft 2017-2018 School Calendar Prior to Dec. 13 Board Meeting
The Wicomico County Board of Education is seeking additional input as it prepares to approve a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.
At the Nov. 15 Board meeting, the Board adopted a post-Labor Day start draft calendar on 1st reading. Input on that draft calendar is welcome as the Board prepares for a 2nd reading and final vote at its Dec. 13 meeting.
Please share draft calendar input by Wednesday, Dec. 7 by contacting either firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-677-5251. The Board will consider all input received – both in the initial round of input on two draft calendars and in the latest round of input on the post-Labor Day calendar – as it prepares for a final vote on the 2017-2018 calendar on Dec. 13. The Dec. 13 Board meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Building, 101 Long Ave., Salisbury.
Two different draft calendars – one with school starting before Labor Day, one with school starting after Labor Day – were shared with the community this fall in order to gather feedback prior to the Board’s consideration of the 2017-2018 calendar. More than 300 people responded with a preference, comment or suggestion. Some 72% of respondents favored the calendar with the post-Labor Day start, while 28% of respondents wanted school to start on the Monday prior to Labor Day.
In August, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order requiring that Maryland public schools begin school after Labor Day and end by June 15, unless a school system is granted a waiver from these requirements. The draft calendar approved on 1st reading by the Board would begin school on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for most students, and end the year on Tuesday, June 12.
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
Please note that the 2017-2018 draft school calendar takes into account the following:
- The school calendar must include a minimum of 180 days of student instruction.
- Wicomico teachers, by contract, work 190 days. The 10 days that teachers do not have students are professional development or records management days. Five of the 10 days take place prior to the opening of the school year, and one day is scheduled for teachers after students leave for the summer. Just four of the professional days occur during the school year: In response to calendar suggestions from the Wicomico County Education Association, the school system has included a professional development day at the end of each of the first three marking periods. October 20 is also a professional day, with teachers participating in professional development either in the schools and school system or at the Maryland State Education Association Convention in Ocean City.
- Schools must be closed in 2017-2018 at the following times, in accordance with COMAR (Code of Maryland): Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Presidents Day, Good Friday, the Monday after Easter, and Memorial Day.
- Makeup days, if needed, will be added on at the end of the school year.