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Baltimore County school officials want public's input on school start date

Posted: 9:41 PM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-22 21:49:30-04
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TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Public School officials provided a survey to allow the public to vote on a school start date for students in the school system.

Officials say the input is regarding revisions to the 2019-2020 school year calendar. They say the school calendar the Board of Education approved in March does not have enough hours in to account for emergency or inclement weather closures.

So in an effort to ensure the minimum number of school days and hours are met for the Baltimore County Public School system, two calendars are being proposed to the Board to vote on during the June 11 meeting.

The first proposal would have schools starting before Labor Day on August 26, 2019 and allowing for a full spring break during the month of April 2020. Teachers would report back to work on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. The last day for students would be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in the event all emergency and/or inclement weather closure days built into the calendar are used throughout the year. The last day for teachers would be Wednesday, June, 17, 2020.

The second proposal would have schools starting after Labor Day on September 3, 2019 with a shortened spring break starting on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Teachers would report back to work on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The last day for students would be on Friday, June 19, 2020, in the event all emergency and/or inclement weather closure days built into the calendar are used throughout the year. The last day for teachers would be Monday, June 22, 2020.

To vote on a proposed school start date, click here to view the survey .