The move to a later start date, aimed at giving families more time together in the summer and boosting the state's economy, left some Carroll residents thrilled and others concerned about potential issues and unhappy with the decision coming from the state level.
For Teresa McCulloh, president of the Carroll County Education Association, the decision brought anger.
Gov. Larry Hogan made the annoucement at a press conference Wednesday afternoon on Ocean City's boardwalk.
"Needless to say, we are disappointed in the executive order, a decision that should be made locally, not from the top down," the teachers union leader said. "There are other issues we should be focusing on such as proper funding, maintaining current programs and reducing testing."
Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said in an interview with the Times on Tuesday that he thinks the decision should be made locally.
Even after Wednesday's announcement, Guthrie said his previous thought of presenting two calendar options to the board still stands. That way, he said, if there is no pushback and the order stands, they'll be ready to go. He said there are still questions that must be answered, especially regarding possible snow days.
"Whatever the law of the land is we'll make work here," he said.
In line with a 2015 Goucher College poll that found 72 percent of Maryland residents supported a statewide mandate of a post-Labor Day start, most parents and students contacted Wednesday were thrilled with the announcement.
Carlee Cook, a junior at Winters Mill High School, was happy to hear about the governor's decision.
"We'll have time to … spend time together before I go off to college," she said.
Alfredo Padilla, who was picking up his kids at Cranberry Station Elementary School on Wednesday, was glad to hear the news. The announcement was a step in the right direction, he said.
It allows parents to plan the end of their summer vacations, he said. And it could benefit the economy.
"I think this provides an opportunity for the kids to really enjoy their summertime," Padilla said.
John Lowe, a Spanish teacher at Winters Mill, wasn't too worried about the change to scheduling. As a teacher who's been around for a while, he said, he remembers when starting post-Labor Day was the norm.
"For me, it's kind of like returning to what we used to do," Lowe said.
In his mind, it makes a lot of economic sense. What they'll need to see is if it makes educational sense, he said. Those days have to come from somewhere.
"As long as we're meeting international and state standards, that's my biggest concern," Lowe said. "Teachers have been having to make things work with hard constraints for a long time, so we'll just keep doing that."