Baltimore County Public Schools proposes extending the school day by 15 minutes

Seeking public comment

TOWSON - It's news students in Baltimore County Public Schools likely won't want to hear.

A Baltimore County Public Schools School Day Taskforce subcommittee is proposing a plan to extend the school day by 15 minutes.

The proposal would add 45 hours to the school year.

The recommendation says the added 15 minutes will help the county meet the required hours and days set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education.

It will also allow the school district to build in more inclement weather days into the calendar and keep the traditional week-long Spring Break.

Two years ago, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law an executive order that changed the start-end dates for school. It requires districts to start after Labor Day and end by June 15.

It's been a struggle for some districts to comply with the new requirement, especially when they use more snow days than were built into the calendar.

The recommendation to extend the school day will cost about $24 million. 

A public comment session is scheduled for Thursday September 20 at 6 p.m. It will be held at Building A on the Greenwood Campus located at 6901 N. Charles St.

Anyone interested in making comments can sign up to speak and will be given three minutes at the podium.

Comments can also be submitted to the taskforce through the email address schooldaytaskforce@bcps.org

This spring, BCPS started the School Day Taskforce to look into length of the school day, secondary school schedules and start and end times.

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