Last day of classes in Wicomico schools is June 17

Students in Wicomico County schools will have classes until June 17, to make up snow days missed this year, and until June 22 if the state doesn’t waive three of the days.

This year, students missed nine days due to poor weather conditions. Five of them will be made up on June 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17. A sixth day was added by changing a professional day to a regular school day on April 7.

At its March board meeting, the county’s board of education members approved calendar revisions and agreed to apply to state education officials for a waiver of three days.

The response will be announced once it’s received, according to Tracy Sahler, who handles public relations for the school board.

Bennett Middle School students will finish the school year Friday, June 5, to allow time to relocate teachers, staff and equipment to the new Bennett Middle.

Also at their meeting, board of education members gave initial approval to the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. It will begin Aug. 31 and end June 9, 2016. However, if pending state to require a post-Labor Day start passes, school will begin Sept. 8.

“This calendar was the clear favorite among people who gave input on three different draft calendars. About 190 people favored the Aug. 31 start, while 46 preferred starting on Sept. 8 after Labor Day, and 32 wanted the school year to begin on Aug. 24,” Sahler said.

The calendar will be on the board’s April 14 agenda for a second  reading and final vote.

Sahler said input is welcome at www.wcboe.org. Click on “calendar input.” Or, send an  e-mail to comments@wcboe.org or leave a message at 410-677-5251.

Other key dates on the proposed 2015-2016 school calendar are:

*Aug. 25 – Teachers report

*Aug. 31 – First day of school

*Sept. 1 – All Wicomico students in grades one to 12 will be in school. Prekindergarten and kindergarten students will report as assigned by school.

*Sept. 7 – Schools and Central Office closed for Labor Day

*Oct. 16 – Professional Day. Schools closed for students. Teachers will have a half-day of professional development and a half-day for planning.

Any teacher wishing to attend the Maryland State Education Association Convention in Ocean City will be permitted.

*Nov. 25-27 – Schools and Central Office closed for Thanksgiving break

*Dec. 21-Jan. 1 – Schools closed for winter  break. Schools will close at the regular time Friday, Dec. 18, and reopen Monday, Jan. 4. Central Office and school offices will be open Dec. 21 and 22 and Dec. 28 to 30.

*Jan. 18 – Schools and Central Office closed for the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

*Jan. 25-26 – Professional days, schools closed for students.

*Feb. 15 – Schools and Central Office closed for Presidents’ Day.

*March 25-28 – Schools and Central Office closed for spring break.

*April 5 – Schools and Central Office closed for presidential primary. This is pending the outcome of legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to move the state’s presidential primary to the last Tuesday in April, which is April 26.

*May 30 – Schools and Central Office closed for Memorial Day

*June 3 – Commencement for Parkside High School

*June 4 – Commencement for Mardela High School, Wicomico High School and James M. Bennett High School

*June 7, 8, 9 – Early dismissal days for students

*June 9 – Last day of school for students

*June 13 – Last day for teachers

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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