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Post by Pat O'Neill, May 28, 2019, Events
Before the Civil War, farm children never had summers off. They went to school during the hottest months and coldest months, allowing them time to stay home during the spring and fall to work planting crops and harvesting.
School attendance wasn’t mandatory back then, air conditioning was decades away, and more often than not, classrooms were being left half-empty each summer by children who lived in the city.
With the erratic attendance, something had to change.
Legislators started arguing that kids should get summers off. Advocates for vacation time also argued (incorrectly) that the brain was a muscle, and like any muscle, it could suffer injuries if overused. From there, they argued that students shouldn’t go to school year-round because it could impair their brains due to straining “the muscle”.
Needless to say, by the turn of the century, urban districts had managed to cut about 60 schooldays from the summer months to give brains a rest and keep children out of sweltering classrooms. In an effort to keep up with education, rural schools soon adopted the same pattern.
Under current Maryland law, school systems must offer 180 days of instruction each academic year. So what does this mean for your student? The team at Chesapeake Automotive Equipment has researched several districts throughout our service area to provide you will the most up-to-date school calendar in your local community.
Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore County Public Schools officials announced the last day of school for the 2018-2019 academic year will be later than originally planned. The final day of classes for students will be Monday, June 17. Full Calendar
And although June 5 was originally slated to be a professional development day with no school for students, officials reported that pupils must attend classes on June 5.
Baltimore City Public Schools
The Baltimore City Public School district updated their calendars to announce the last day of school for students is Friday, June 20.
At a special public meeting on February 12, the Board of School Commissioners approved changes to the plan for making up “snow days” (that is, days when the district closes all schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies).
The snow day taken on January 14 will be made up on Monday, June 17.
The snow days taken on February 11, 12, and 20 will be made up on June 18, 19, and 20.
If the district closes all schools for additional days, the first additional day will be made up on June 21, the second on April 15, and the third on April 16.
The professional day for teachers originally scheduled for June 17 will now take place on June 21. If subsequent snow days are taken, we will update staff members regarding a revised date. Full Calendar
Delaware County Public Schools
Depending on which school your child attends, the last day of school will vary. Seniors attending Cesar Rodney will enjoy the earliest dismissal on May 22 while Indian River students are scheduled for classes through June 18. Visit the online calendar for a complete list of schools throughout Delaware County to view when your student’s last day of school in 2019 will be. Full Calendar
If you reside in Northern Virginia you can access your student’s current school calendar at the following links.
If you reside in West Virginia you can access your student’s current school calendar at the following links.
Whether your student attends the traditional or extended calendar year in the District of Columbia Public School System and updated calendar is just a click away. Be sure to check out the online school calendar of your choice to see when your student will be celebrating the last day of school in 2019.
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