The Board of Education in Anne Arundel County will extend the 2019-2020 school year by one day to allow schools to close for Rosh Hashanah.
The district will extend the calendar until Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to make room for the Jewish New Year, Anne Arundel Public Schools announced in a statement. The Rosh Hashanah closing will be observed on Sept. 30, 2019.
The change was adopted at the board’s April 17 meeting, the statement said. The decision was made after discussions about a calendar survey in which 27,000 respondents participated, with 62 percent indicating they preferred not to add any days to the year and let classes end on June 15, 2020. No other changes were adopted to the calendar.
The district has two days built into its calendar to accommodate closings for inclement weather, with a potential third day to use if necessary – March 10, 2020 – which is currently parent-teacher conference day. If more closings occur, additional days will be added to the end of the school year as necessary.
The upcoming school year will start on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, for students in first through sixth, and ninth grades. Other students will begin their year on a staggered start, as has been the case in previous years.