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January 29, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Hogan Introduces Legislation to Require Post-Labor Day School Start

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation to require all Maryland public school systems to start classes after Labor Day. Hogan signed an executive order in 2016 requiring all school districts to start school after Labor Day, but last year lawmakers overturned that executive order. “The Universal School Start Act […]

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February 7, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Debate Continues Over Post-Labor Day School Start

Gov. Larry Hogan held a press conference Thursday, pushing back against Maryland Senate Democrats, who started a debate on overturning the mandate that requires schools to begin the academic year after Labor Day. In 2017, Hogan’s executive order to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day went into effect. Since then, Montgomery County Board of […]

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November 13, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

School Board Approves Longer Spring Break for 2019-2020 Calendar

One common theme echoed when the Montgomery County Board of Education voted on the current school year calendar last year was how difficult a decision it would be. The board faced challenges with choosing to remain closed on Jewish holidays, shortening the length of spring break or reducing the number of instructional days for students. […]

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August 27, 2018 | Staff Writer

Back to School: Short List of Important Dates for MCPS 2018-2019 Calendar

The first day of school in Montgomery County is September 4, just over a week from now. The calendar includes important dates – winter and spring vacations, religious holidays, federal holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences. The Montgomery County Public Schools calendar may be found, here. Here is the full list of dates to know […]

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July 19, 2018 | Mitti Hicks


Schools Calendar Survey: Parents More Likely to Send Kids to School on Holidays

When it comes to preferences on school closures, the majority of parents from Montgomery County Public Schools would send their children to class, regardless of the holiday, according to recent survey results. The response from parents come amid the Montgomery County Board of Education’s decision to conduct a calendar survey for parents, students, staff, and […]

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March 22, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

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Wednesday’s School Closure Pushes Summer Vacation Back

Wednesday weather-related school closure means summer vacation will start later than anticipated for Montgomery County Public School students. Weather permitting, June 15 will be the last day of classes for students which is the last day under Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order school districts can hold classes. This latest extension in the school-year comes just […]

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February 6, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

School Closing Could Alter MCPS School Calendar

Inclement weather could force Montgomery County Public Schools to close again Wednesday, which will have an effect on this year’s school calendar, according to a January statement from MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith. In his statement, Smith said the 2017-2018 school calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days, which are two above the minimum required by […]

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January 25, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

MCPS School Calendar Update Following Closings

Inclement weather forced Montgomery County Public Schools to close for two days earlier this month but the closings will not impact this year’s school calendar–for now, according to MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith. Smith released in a statement that the 2017-2018 school calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days, which are two above the […]

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August 22, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know Today, Aug. 22, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Aug. 22, in Montgomery County: 1. Open Lab –  Bring your questions about downloadable e-books and audiobooks, online job applications, e-mail, Word, Internet use, and library apps at the Gaithersburg Library at 10 a.m. 2. Energy Express Workshop – for kids age 8 to 12 years old at […]

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April 6, 2017 | Staff Writer

Hogan Responds to Durso’s Request About Extending School Calendar End Date

When it comes to the school calendar, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has some advice for the president of the Montgomery County school board. “Considering the series of recent troubling incidents reported in Montgomery County schools, I suggest you and your colleagues consider shifting your focus from arguing over which 180 days class is in session […]

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