For the 2020-21 academic year, Howard County schools will open Aug. 25, nearly two weeks before Labor Day.
The Board of Education on Thursday night unanimously approved to have all 77 schools begin before Labor Day for the 2020-21 academic year. The last day of school for the 2020-21 academic year will be June 10, 2021.
Six inclement weather days are built into the calendar and, if all are used, the last day of school would become June 18, 2021.
Winter recess will begin on Christmas Eve, with schools reopening Jan. 4, 2021. Spring break will begin with a three-hour early dismissal April 1, 2021, with students returning to school April 12.
The school board reached its decision from two calendar options presented by the school system in September. Both proposals opted for a pre-Labor Day start.
According to Ron Morris, a performance director for Area 3 schools for the school system, oral testimony was more favorable of the first proposal, while written testimony showed more support for the second proposal.
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In the second proposal, schools were proposed to open Aug. 31, 2020, and close June 15, 2021.
The Maryland General Assembly voted in March to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill, which allowed public schools to start classes before Labor Day beginning this year. With the veto, the General Assembly voted to restore decisions over academic calendars to local school boards.
Howard schools opted to keep their existing calendar for the 2019-20 year.
Other closures in 2020-21 calendar include:
Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020
Yom Kippur, Sept. 28, 2020
Professional work day, Oct. 16, 2020
Professional work day, Nov. 2, 2020
Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020
Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-28, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, 2021
Professional work day, Jan. 25, 2021
Professional learning day, Feb. 12, 2021
Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15, 2021
Professional work day, March 10, 2021
Professional work day, May 13, 2021
Memorial Day, May 31, 2021
Three-hour early dismissals for all schools in the 2020-21 calendar include: