2021 | Schools

Two school calendar options considered for 2021-22

Board will review options next week

This story was updated at 6:40 p.m. on March 3, 2021 to correct a reference to a planned day off in May.

A Montgomery County school board committee has proposed two options for the next academic year’s calendar — one starting before Labor Day and one after.

Both options incorporate a full weeklong spring break, and have 182 instructional days, more than the 180 days required by state law.

One option has classes beginning Aug. 30 and ending June 15, 2022. The other has the year beginning Sept. 8 and ending June 22, 2022.

Both calendars propose three early dismissal days Nov. 22 to 24 for parent-teacher conferences, and no school on Nov. 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Other days off on both calendars include:

• Sept. 7 and 16
• Nov. 4
• Nov. 25 and 26
• Jan. 17
• Feb. 1 and 21
• May 3 and 30

Usually, the next academic year’s calendar is approved by December, but in September, the school board delayed the build-out of the 2021-22 calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic. Board members wanted more time, so they would know more about the virus and its impact.

The school board will review the two calendar options during a meeting on March 9, then release the drafts to the public to solicit feedback.

The school board is scheduled to finalize the calendar on March 23.

Key components of the two options:

Option one

First day: Monday, Aug. 30
Last day: Wednesday, June 15
Winter break: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2
Spring break: Monday, April 11, through Monday, April 18
The end of the first three academic quarters, with no school for students: Nov. 4, Jan. 24, April 1

Option two

First day: Wednesday, Sept. 8
Last day: Wednesday, June 22
Winter break: Dec. 23 through Jan. 2
Spring break: Monday, April 11, through Monday, April 18
The end of the first three academic quarters, with no school for students: Nov. 12, Feb. 1, April 8

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com