MCPS: Back to school start time from Mid-August

MCPS: Back to school start time from Mid-August

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Farhana Ferdous started this petition to Montgomery County Public Schools

In Montgomery county, Kids should start school from the 3rd week of August (1st Monday after August 14th every year), so that kids-family could have a fun summer from the beginning of June to Mid-August every year. I am presenting some research data from secondary sources: (Source: Daphne Sashin, CNN, 2015: “Back to school: Why August is the new September”)

1. · An earlier start date gives teachers more instructional time before statewide assessment tests in the spring. Several experts agreed that this is one of the biggest factors pushing calendars back in mid-August.
2. · Beginning in August allows students to complete the first semester before the December holiday break, rather than taking tests and turning in big projects after two weeks off. Teachers don't have to spend time reviewing material in January when they should be starting new lessons.
3. · Starting early allows for a fall break in October and a spring break around March, in addition to breaks around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Teachers are happier and kids behave better when they have more breaks throughout the year, said Rebecca Kaye, the Atlanta Public Schools policy and governance adviser, who makes the yearly calendar. "Learning is hard work, and teaching is hard work, and people need breaks," Kaye said. "We have gotten feedback from our employees that they need at that time."
4. · When you start after Labor Day and end school in June, that last month is simply not taken as seriously. "That end of the year is perceived as being the time that is sometimes not used to the maximum value," Kaye said. And in fact, when Atlanta schools ended in June, a lot of kids simply didn't show up after Memorial Day. "Even though we were having school after Memorial Day, people had it in their minds that school ended. It may seem ridiculous, but that's what happened."
5· Many graduating students and staff members take summer courses at colleges and universities. Ending school around Memorial Day creates fewer conflicts for them.

Together we believe MCPS school should start from the 3rd week of August (1st Monday after August 14th every year), so that kids-family could have a fun summer from early June to Mid-August every year. Please join and share your thoughts with the MC office of Education.

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/calendar/proposed-calendar-2020-21.aspx


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