BCPS votes to begin school after Labor Day for the 2020-2021 year

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At the Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 5, the school board voted on the proposed calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

In 2017, it was decided that all schools would begin after Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Since this change, schools have seen shortened spring break, and less days built into the calendar for snow. Because of this, there have been talks about changing the calendar so that school begins at the end of August again.

In order to get an idea of what the whole of Baltimore County would prefer, there was a survey posted for parents, teachers, staff, and other residents of Baltimore County to vote.

Some teachers believe that this change is necessary. 72% of teachers voted to move the school start date in August due to the shortened spring break, last year.  Some people believe that starting after Labor Day makes it hard to make up for the snow days during the winter times.

On Tuesday, the board approved the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year with teachers starting back August 31 and first day of school for students will be September 8, 2020.