School Board Amends 2018-2019 Calendar

(PDF with Amended Calendar) June 6, 2018 – At last night’s meeting, the Caroline County Board of Education voted to amend the 2018-19 school year calendar. 

The 2018-19 calendar as originally proposed was approved at the February board of education meeting. Since that time, inclement weather closings caused Caroline to be two days short of the 180 days required by law for the current school year. A request to the Maryland State Board of Education to waive those two days was denied. Based on that denial, and State Board decisions regarding other school system waiver requests, a revised 2018-19 calendar was proposed by Superintendent Patricia Saelens. After discussion and amendments, the new calendar was unanimously approved.

Board members expressed the desire to end the school year no later than the second week in June. In a lengthy discussion, the board and staff noted the difficulty of creating a calendar that followed state law and Governor Hogan’s executive order while accommodating the needs, wants, and past practices of the staff and community. It was noted that state mandates are increasingly tying the hands of school boards and requiring that “traditional” days off must now become school days. 

Of note:

  • Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, signed in January of 2016, requires all Maryland K-12 public schools to begin the school year no earlier than the Tuesday immediately following the nationally observed Labor Day holiday, and to adjourn no later than June 15. Local boards of education have the option to apply to the state for a waiver based on specific circumstances.

 

  • Maryland law requires that schools be open for pupil attendance 180 days and a minimum of 1,080 hours during a ten-month period. The law also defines the high school year as 180 days with a minimum requirement of 1,170 hours during a ten-month period.

 

  • Maryland Law requires school to be closed on these specific holidays:
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday
    • Presidents’ Day
    • Good Friday through the day after Easter
    • Memorial Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • American Indian Heritage Day (Friday after Thanksgiving)
    • Christmas Day through New Year’s Day