Extended Spring Break Not Guaranteed; Contingent upon Number of Snow Days
The Board of Education approved modifications to the 2012-2013 Allegany County Public Schools academic calendar based on recommendations from the superintendent that were informed by parent, staff and community input. Proposed key changes to this calendar included the addition of the 190th day for teachers at the beginning of the school year, staggering elementary and secondary parent conference times, opening schools on days they were originally scheduled to be closed, and creating a spring break after the Easter holiday.
Parents, community members and ACPS staff were surveyed to gain feedback on how many people were in favor of or not in favor of these proposed changed. Based on the survey results, the superintendent recommended that the school board approve the modifications with the extended spring break being contingent upon the number of snow days students have missed prior to that time off.
Easter is March 31, 2013, next year, and schools are now scheduled to be closed from Friday, March 29, 2013, through Friday, April 5, 2013, and would reopen on Monday, April 8, 2013. Offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday only. In the event of excessive snow days, the school board may designate make-up days in the following order: April 5, 4, 3, 2, and continue at the end of the school year, as needed. The exact sequence of snow make-up days for students will be determined at the March 2013 school board meeting. End-of-year professional development and teacher work days will follow the designated snow make-up days.
According to the now approved 2012-2013 school calendar, the first day of school for teachers will be August 20, 2012, instead of Tuesday, August 21, 2012, to make room for the addition of the 190th teacher work day on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Parent conferences, scheduled for September 27, 2012, and February 7, 2013, will now offer staggered times for elementary and secondary parents. Additionally, professional development days and the Maryland State Educators Association convention, in which schools were originally scheduled to be closed, are now instructional days for students.
To view the 2012-2013 Allegany County Public Schools academic calendar, click the link to the right.