A waiver request was submitted on January 17 to the Maryland State Board of Education for approval of a Pre-Labor Day start. To be eligible for a waiver, local Board must demonstrate that the school system has met all requirements for at least one compelling justification and has conducted at least one public meeting at which the waiver application was considered and approved. The local Board has demonstrated that Garrett County Public Schools meet the requirements for the compelling justification of emergency school closing. Additionally, the local Board provided evidence of having a public meeting on January 10, 2017 to consider and approve the waiver request.
On January 24, 2017, the Maryland State Board of Education approved the waiver request for Garrett County Public Schools to open for pupil attendance prior to Labor Day for the 2017-2018 school year. This waiver applies to the 2017-2018 school year only and does not exempt the school system from adhering to the requirements set forth in Education Article §7-103 and Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.03.02.12 and 13A.02.01.04.
Highlights of the 2017-18 school calendar are:
Tuesday, August 22: First day for teachers
Monday, August 28: First day of school for students.
Friday, October 13: Schools closed for Autumn Glory
November 23-24: Thanksgiving break
December 23-January 1: Winter break
Monday, January 15: Schools closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 19: Schools closed for Presidents’ Day
March 30 and April 2: Schools closed for Easter break
Monday, May 28: Schools closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29: Last day of school for students
Wednesday, May 30: Last for teachers
There are 10 makeup days included in the calendar: February 19 (with state approval), April 2 (with state approval), May 30, 31, June 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The 2017-18 school calendar can be viewed garrettcountyschools.org/resources/public-information/pdf/calendars/2017-2018-Calendar-01-26-17-FINAL.pdf.
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