Information Regarding This Year’s Spring Break
Chief Operating Officer Andrew Zuckerman sent an email to staff regarding spring break for the 2017–2018 school year. This message was emailed to staff on Monday, Oct. 9.
As we continue to develop the calendar for next school year, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of important information about our spring break in this year’s 2017-2018 school calendar and to urge you to use caution when making plans for spring break, as schools may need to be open for snow make-up days and all employees would be needed.
Because of State rules governing how to schedule snow make-up days, the SY17-18 school calendar must have several days within the school year that can be used as snow-make up days should we need them. In the calendar adopted by the Board of Education on February 27, 2017, these days were identified as Friday, January 26, 2018, Monday, March 26, 2018, and Tuesday, March 27, 2018. For the 2017-2018 school calendar, please click HERE .
As you can see, the snow make-up days of March 26th and March 27th are the first two days of spring break. Please note these days will be used as a last resort to make up for lost instructional time. We already have two make-up days built into our student instructional calendar because we have a 182 day student calendar, which is two days above the state minimum of 180 days. We also have 3 make-up days at the end of the school year. So, in total, we have 5 other snow make-up days scheduled and would not need to use the spring break days unless we have more than 5 snow days this school year.
However, if we do have to close school for more than 5 school days this winter, then these days over spring break may be needed to make up school. Consequently, we urge you to use caution when making plans for spring break 2018 in the event schools are open. For example, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance if you are planning to travel during spring break. Alternatively, you may want to wait to make plans until we know for sure that we are in the clear in terms of needing the spring break make-up days for school.
I know this is a terrible inconvenience. We are only one of five school systems in the entire state that was able to preserve spring break at all this school year due to the new State rules on the school calendar, but we were not able to avoid needing to program snow make-up days during spring break. I wish this weren’t the case, but it’s the situation we find ourselves in. As a result, I wanted to make sure everyone has this information and can plan accordingly.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Andrew M. Zuckerman
Chief Operating Officer
Montgomery County Public Schools