(Nov. 22, 2019) A longer winter break, or an earlier last day of school: members of the Worcester County Board of Education received two preliminary calendar options for the 2020-21 school year at the meeting Tuesday.

Carrie Sterrs, coordinator of public relations and special programs for Worcester County Public Schools, addressed the differences determined by the calendar committee. 

Sterrs said committee subgroups were formed to focus on factors such as vacation time, marking periods and half-days. 

The “longer breaks” proposal featured a two-week holiday break with school closed from Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, with students returning on Jan. 4, 2021, according to the proposal. That would make Friday, June 18, 2021 the tentative last day of school, with June 21-23 allocated for potential inclement weather make-up days.

The “early release” proposal has a half-day on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, with winter break running from Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 to Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, according to the calendar proposal. Classes would resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. The tentative last day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2021, with inclement weather make-up days from Wednesday, June 16 to Friday, June 18, 2021. 

The calendar committee is made up of students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Sterrs also said a calendar proposal survey would be distributed next month. Survey findings would then be presented at a later Worcester County Board of Education meeting.

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