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Board Approves 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

November 2nd, 2018

The Howard County Board of Education approved the 2019–2020 academic calendar during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The next school year will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, for students and on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, for school staff. Winter break will be December 23–January 1, with schools reopening on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Spring Break will run from April 6–13, 2020. The last day of school is scheduled for June 15, 2020 for students and June 17, 2020 for school staff.

Five days at the end of the school year are designated for potential use if needed to make up inclement weather closing days.

The academic calendar is designed to provide for continuity in instructional programming and time for teachers to engage in professional work and growth activities, while reflecting respect for student and staff religious observances and allowing a traditional break from school work during the winter and spring. The calendar complies with Maryland law requiring at least 180 instructional days and Governor Hogan’s 2016 Executive Order, as well as negotiated agreements and district policies.

The full 2019–2020 academic calendar can be viewed online.

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