Board of education approves post-Labor Day start for Kent public schools

ROCK HALL — By unanimous vote at its Feb. 12 meeting, the Kent County Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2024-25 school year.

As required by the State of Maryland, the approved calendar includes 180 instruction days for students.

Two inclement weather days are built into the calendar.

As has become the standard here, the 2024-25 school year will begin with a staggered start.

Students in first through sixth grades and ninth grade will begin school Tuesday, Sept. 3 — the day after Labor Day.

The first day for students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades is Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Prekindergartners and kindergartners will start school Thursday, Sept. 5.

Longer breaks during the year are: Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-Dec. 1; winter break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1; and spring break, April 17- 21.

Additional observed holidays, all on Mondays, are Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20; Presidents Day, Feb. 17; and Memorial Day, May 26.

There are half-days and days off in the calendar for staff professional development.

The last day of school is Thursday, June 12, which will be a half-day for students.

The full 2024-25 calendar is available for view and download at kent.k12.md.us.

The calendar was developed with input from a committee led by Dan Hushion, supervisor of human resources, and consisting of Kent County Public Schools staff and parents.

Staff and community input was sought through two online surveys throughout the development process.

Two drafts calendars — both with post-Labor Day starts — were presented to the Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting.

According to a news release, survey results showed that of the 327 respondents, 75% preferred the calendar that ultimately received the Board of Education’s approval.

The other draft, which received 25% of the votes, had longer breaks throughout the school year with the last day of school being Friday, June 20.

Trish McGee, owner and publisher of The Evening Enterprise, is an elected member of the Kent County Board of Education. She did not contribute to this news release.

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