(Nov. 8, 2019) Schools in Baltimore County will be in session after Labor Day for the 2020-2021 school year, following a county school board vote Tuesday night.
The schedule change will have students in schools on Sept. 8 and out by June 18, and will include a five-day spring break from March 29 to April 2, 2021.
In the event of multiple school closures, the calendar may extend beyond June 22, 2021.
Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2021, and Easter Monday on April 5, 2021, will be used as contingency days if inclement weather closes schools before those holidays.
Another notable change will be the recognition of a major Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.
Schools will be closed for a day sometime near the holiday in May 2020.
Gov. Larry Hogan attempted to mandate a similar schedule back in 2016, however, he faced pushback from state lawmakers.
State Sen. Paul Pinsky, (D-22) introduced Senate Bill 128, also known as the Community Control of School Calendars Act, early in January during the 2019 legislative session.
The bill passed, but Hogan vetoed it.
The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Hogan’s veto later that March, effectively returning the calendar decision-making authority to local school boards.