The board is expected to discuss the calendar at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on March 10. The board is tentatively scheduled to have a first reading in March and a second and final reading on April 14.
Wicomico County starts school in late August to give students as much instructional time as possible before the start of testing. However, there is ongoing discussion at the state level about potentially mandating a post-Labor Day start for all Maryland school systems. Presently, each school system determines its own starting date.
Two of the three calendars would start school prior to Labor Day, and one would start school the day after Labor Day. Calendar A would begin on Aug. 24 and end on June 6. Calendar B would start the school year on Sept. 8, after Labor Day, and end on June 20. The newly added Calendar C option would begin school on Aug. 31 and end it on June 9.
The drafts, including a side-by-side comparison of all three, may be accessed through this link: http://wcboe.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3063562&pageId=4607699
The board asks those with input to share their comments as soon as possible by contacting either email@example.com or (410) 677-5251.