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2017-2018 School Year Calendar: Frequently Asked Questions

The Montgomery County Board of Education adopted an updated calendar for the 2017- 2018 school year at its February 27, 2017 business meeting.See the calendar here.

MCPS has received many inquiries from the community about how decisions on the calendar are made and the potential impact it may have. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the calendar process.


What was the process for developing and approving the calendar?

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Why did it take so long to finalize the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year?

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Did MCPS stakeholders provide input after the governor’s executive order was released?

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When did the calendar committee begin its work?

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How many school days are there?

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What is the plan for emergency weather days?

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How does the 2017-2018 school year calendar affect the teacher work year?

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How does the calendar impact teacher planning time?

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Is there an increase in early release days in the 2017-2018 school calendar?

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Was consideration given to adding even more early release days for increased teacher planning time?

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Why has teacher pre-service expanded?

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When will MCPS make a decision about the 2018-2019 school year calendar?

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