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Board Approves 2018-19 Academic Calendar

December 20th, 2017

The Howard County Board of Education approved the 2018–2019 academic calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The next school year will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, for students and on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, for school staff. Winter break will be December 24–January 1, with schools reopening on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Spring Break will run from April 15–22. The last day of school is scheduled for June 14 for students and June 17 for school staff.

Three Spring Break days are designated for potential use if needed for inclement weather makeup days: April 15, 16, and 17.

To create greater flexibility within the school calendar year, the interim superintendent, with approval from the Board, will request a waiver from the State Board of Education to have HCPSS students attend school on the state mandated holiday of Presidents’ Day on February 18, 2019.

The full 2018–2019 academic calendar can be viewed online at

Learn more about school start and dismissal times for the 2018–2019 academic year →