Update to the 2017-18 School Year Calendar

  • According to Maryland law, the school year must include 180 school days for students; in addition, an executive order from Governor Hogan requires school to begin after Labor Day and end by June 15 — although legislation approved in spring 2018 allows districts to extend the year beyond June 15 in cases when extreme weather has affected school calendars. In planning the calendar, City Schools must also meet other legal and union requirements for holidays and professional days for teachers.

    For 2017-18, this meant that only one day, June 15, could be built into the calendar as a make-up day in case of districtwide school closing for snow days or other emergencies. So far, all schools have closed for five days.

    To make up these days, the following changes to the school year calendar have been approved:

    • The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 19. (The last day was originally scheduled to be June 14. See the request to the Board of Commissioners regarding this school year extension; the Board approved the request at its meeting on April 24.)

    • Spring break was shortened by one day, with schools and offices open on Monday, April 2. 

    • March 16 was a half-day of instruction for students, with afternoon professional learning for teachers.