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Board Approves Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year

The Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Jan. 14 approved the 2020-2021 school calendar, taking into account input received from 1,685 respondents to an online calendar survey. The Board gave final approval to a revised version of the Draft B calendar with post-Labor Day start (as favored by 63.2% of survey takers), with schools closed on Dec. 21 and 22 to start the two-week winter break (as requested in many of the 477 written comments). The approved calendar will be available soon at www.wcboe.org.

The Board of Education and the school system were pleased to have so much input into the development of the final 2020-2021 calendar. “It’s very exciting to have the voice of our community being shared,” said Kim Miles, Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services. “Our community has spoken, and our Board has been very responsive.”

In order for schools to be closed on Dec. 21 and 22 and still meet the 180-day state requirement for the length of the school year, Wicomico Schools will now have an early dismissal day on Nov. 13 (instead of students being off for a professional day), and the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

At its December meeting, the Board of Education approved two draft calendars on 1st reading, and asked for public input on the drafts prior to its next meeting. The survey was available online for three weeks to give ample opportunity for public input.

 

Survey responses: 1,685

 

Post-Labor Day start (63.2%)

Aug. 31 start (36.8%)

 

Schools should start: always after Labor Day (54.78%), varied dates depending on that year’s calendar (37.57%), always before Labor Day (7.66%)

 

Written comments: 477