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An executive order by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says public schools must start after Labor Day and finish by June 15. The state requires 180 days of instruction. How would you fit them in?

Marking school days in yellow, the 2017-18 calendar below is based on what Baltimore County Public Schools were planning before the governor's order, with elective days off on Sept. 21* (Rosh Hashanah), Oct. 20** (teacher's union conference), Jan. 19** (professional development), and April 3-6*** (Spring Break). To get to 180 days and maintain the district's usual buffer against inclement weather, you can't keep them all.

* After high student absences, Baltimore County schools have been closing for Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, for two decades.

** Holding school on these days would require working with the teacher's union. Even if it agreed to working Oct. 20, there may still be a large number of absent teachers the district would have to find substitutes for.

***Coming after Easter and during Passover, spring break is a popular time for family trips and activities, including in connection with religious observances, and for college visits.

Instructions:

  • Click a gray-shaded date to turn a day off into a day of school. Click a yellow-shaded date to turn a day of school into a day off.
  • Weekends and holidays mandated by the state, left unshaded, can't be edited.

You need to have 180 days plus 7 snow days. Please pick more days.

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