2020 – 2021 School Year Calendar


On October 8, 2019, the Board of Education held its first review of the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar. The Board of Education reviewed the operational and educational elements of the calendar, and identified three different scenarios for consideration. The Board of Education seeks feedback and input from the MCPS community about these scenarios before taking final action later this fall.

Click here to read the Full Memo to the Board of Education (Oct. 8, 2019)

Closings Required
by State Law

In fall 2020, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, 2020;

State law requires schools to be closed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Election Day
  • Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020: Thanksgiving and the day after
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021: Christmas Eve through News Year's Day
  • Monday, January 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Board of Education policy requires schools to be closed on Inauguration Day, Wednesday, January 20
  • Monday, February 15, 2021: Presidents' Day
  • Friday, April 2, 2021: Friday before Easter
  • Monday, April 5, 2021: Monday after Easter
  • Monday, May 31, 2021: Memorial Day
 

ALL Scenarios:

  • Have 182 instructional days
  • Have a full Spring Break—6 non-instructional days that encompass two weekends
  • Have a full Professional Development day for planning and grading at the end of each quarter
  • Have possible make-up days both during the school year and extending the school year
 

The MAJOR DIFFERENCES among the
3 scenarios are outlined in the table below.

  BOE Scenario 1 BOE Scenario 2 BOE Scenario 3

First Day of School

September 8

September 1

August 31

Last Day of School

June 24

June 18

June 16

Inauguration Day

Closed January 20
Open January 19

Closed January 20
Closed January 19

Open January 20*

Professional Development Days

End of Quarters:

  • November 13
  • February 1
  • April 19

Additional PD:

  • October 16
  • April 26
  • June 25
 

End of Quarters:

  • November 9
  • February 1
  • April 16

Additional PD:

  • August 31
  • April 26
  • June 21
 

End of Quarters:

  • November 9
  • January 29
  • April 16

Additional PD:

  • October 16
  • April 26
  • June 17
 

*Opening schools on January 20, 2021, would require a change in Board Policy. The Board is considering the possibility of such a change. Click HERE for more information on the policy.


Scenario 1

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scenario a

Scenario 2

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scenario b

Scenario 3

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scenario c