March 27, 2019
Last night during its March 26th meeting, the School Board approved a revision to the previously approved 2019-2020 School Calendar. The revisions were due to a recent change in the law that allows schools to start before Labor Day and to accommodate the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2020.
The new law requires school divisions to provide the Friday before Labor Day as a holiday if a school division starts before Labor Day. August 30, 2019, is now a division-wide holiday. To account for this change, February 17, 2020, had to be changed from a holiday to an instructional day.
The Presidential Primary Election occurs on March 3, 2020, so this day is now a student holiday/teacher workday. Six out of nine MCPS schools are used for polling locations. To account for this change, the second day of fall Parent-Teacher Conferences (September 20, 2019) is now an early release for students and is no longer a student holiday.
The flex day requirement was also removed from the month of August. Please note all teachers are still allowed to go in on those days if they want to get a jump start on the new school year, but it is not required.