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Caroline County School Board Considers Filing For Waiver To Start School Before Labor Day

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DENTON, Md.-  The long running debate over whether schools should start before or after Labor Day came to a sudden close about a month or so ago when Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order saying that all schools would start after Labor Day.  Now Caroline County schools are looking at possible exceptions to that rule.

This could be the last school year that begins before labor day weekend in Caroline County.

"I thought it was a great idea.  I really support that.  It gives families a lot more time to enjoy the summer together, and the kids can focus on getting back afterward rather than scrambling for a couple of weeks and then having a few days off," said Michael Stevens, a parent of four in the school system.

But school boards haven't been enthusiastic about the mandate from the governor's office.  They are concerned about how it takes control away from the local school systems.

"We have been having a pre-labour day start here in Caroline County," said Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent John Ewald.  "That's the result of an ongoing process of caldender development with our community.  Our community includes parents, community members, teachers, and administrators.  That calendar then goes to the board of education for approval."

The Caroline County board is looking at applying for a waiver, or an exception to the post-Labor Day rule.  Governor Hogan though filed a second executive order, making it harder for schools to obtain a waiver, and requiring a public hearing be factored into the decision.

Many parents say if it came to a hearing, they would say school should start later rather than sooner.

The superintendent says this executive order mandate didn't just set a start date, it set an end date.  All school must be done by June 15th.  Once again, the superintendent says he needs that local control so the school board here can adjust their calendar to work best for their students.

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