The Board of Education adopted the school year calendar for the 2020-2021 school year during its December 3, 2019 meeting. The traditional school year will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020, and the last day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The calendar includes 182 days of instruction, a 10-day spring break, one full day of planning and professional development at the end of each quarter; one operational closure in September; and two additional professional days in the second semester (February and May).
In fall 2020, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, 2020;
State law requires schools to be closed on the following dates:
Process and Community Engagement: An internal work group of staff from a wide range of MCPS offices and departments works to develop the instructional calendar framework. This group works through a range of possible scenarios that would include and ensure compliance with the minimum instructional day and credit hour requirements (180-day minimum), contingencies for inclement weather and other emergencies, alignment with assessment schedules, and school closures mandated by state law.
Staff also meets with stakeholders to gather initial feedback and input on the calendar and the draft scenarios. These initial conversations have include: employee associations and representatives; Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals Joint Collaboration Committee; Innovative School Year Implementation Group; advocacy groups; Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations; and the Student Advisory Council.
Following the Board of Education’s discussion, staff prepares the scenarios that the Board would like to put forward for public comment. The identified draft scenarios of the school year calendar are made available for public comment and feedback. A robust communication and outreach effort is then launched to ensure that our community is aware of the conversation and possible directions for development of the school year calendar. Communications strategies include:
MCPS considers the results of this feedback and outreach and provides a report of the public comments to the Board of Education as part of the deliberations to finalize the calendar.