To start before or after Labor Day, that is the question. Anne Arundel County Public Schools want your input to find the answer.
In 2016 Governor Larry Hogan, who signed an executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day. Supporters of the governor say the longer summer breaks give families more time together and helps to generate tourism dollars for local businesses, but critics say it shortchanges education. Following the executive order, the legislature voted to enable local school boards to decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day. This year, 22 of Maryland’s 24 public school systems started the 2019-20 school year after Labor Day. However, many – including Anne Arundel County, are debating whether to return to a pre-Labor Day start.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has designed a survey asking for the input of parents, students, employees, and community members for the 2020-2021 school calendar.
The survey examines several concerns, including preferences on whether to start the 2020-2021 School Year before or after Labor Day, and whether to build in additional days for Easter/Spring Break. At present, there are three days for Easter/Spring break.
The survey is available online now and will run through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. It can be taken at aacps.org/2021calendarsurvey. Surveys can only be taken once on a computer device.
Survey results will be provided to Superintendent George Arlotto, the AACPS Calendar Committee, and the Board as they begin the process of developing the 2020-2021 School Year calendar.