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Friday, November 25, 2016

Worcester, Wicomico School Systems Weigh Calendars

NEWARK – The new state-mandated post-Labor Day school start has simplified the calendar process for local jurisdictions.

In Worcester County, the school system has put forth two potential school year options instead of the usual three in the annual calendar survey. In Wicomico County, two options were provided to the public but only one included the post-Labor Day start that has now been made a requirement in Maryland.

While Wicomico County’s school board is expected to make a final calendar decision in December, Worcester officials won’t adopt a calendar until February. Because the county typically starts school after Labor Day, officials weren’t overly concerned about the impact of the executive order from Gov. Larry Hogan that will now require schools to open after the holiday.

“We are certainly not in the uphill battle most other counties are,” said Carrie Sterrs, coordinator of public relations for Worcester County Public Schools.

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