MCPS Superintendent’s Proposes 2018-19 School Year Calendar

In a memorandum addressed to the Montgomery County Board of Education, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith sent his recommendations for the 2018-2019 school year calendar.

Under Smith’s recommendations, school would start on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day and end June 13, 2019.

The proposed calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days for students which is two more days than the state’s required minimum.

Schools will remain closed on Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur but spring break will only last for six days which is two days less than what has traditionally been scheduled for MCPS.

“Development of the school year calendar has been a challenge again this year within the constraints set by the Governor’s mandated instructional timeframe and the other state calendar requirements,” Smith said in his memorandum. “At this juncture we know that it is not practical for the 2018‒2019 School Year Calendar to meet everyone’s interests and requests. However, my proposed calendar is consistent with all state calendar requirements, including those for inclement weather closings, and provides planning and grading time for teachers as well as a moderate spring break.”

Smith is expected to formally present his recommendations at the School Board’s next meeting scheduled for Nov. 14 where they could agree and adopt his plan.

You can find Smith’s memorandum and recommendations here.

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Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


3 Responses to “MCPS Superintendent’s Proposes 2018-19 School Year Calendar”

  1. On November 14, 2017 at 7:24 am responded with... #

    If you take a look at the MCPS website, you’ll see that three other calendar options are proposed. The one called Proposal A is clearly the best option. It maintains a full Spring Break as well as the Jewish Holidays. Teachers are given a half day of grading time first quarter, two consecutive half days in each of the second and third quarters, and the usual professional day at the end of the year after the kids leave. It is the most family-friendly option, according to a letter sent to the Board of Education by MCEA, the county teachers’ union. For these reasons, I hope the Board votes for this option over the Superintendent’s proposal.

  2. On November 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm responded with... #

    Well, they didn’t even vote on that calendar. The calendar they approved does shorten spring break. They wanted to avoid having a lot of half days so they penalized the whole community by cutting spring break from 10 to 6 days.

  3. On November 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm responded with... #


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