FCPS presented two calendar options for the upcoming school year, and asked for our feedback. Of the 716 emails that were received through the website announcement, only 146 were in favor of calendar A, which has our children starting back on August 19th. In addition, prior to the vote, PTA had sent the BOE a letter stating they were opposed to both options due the lack of Parent-Teacher conferences. Despite the feedback, the BOE approved calendar A. None of the surrounding counties are starting back that early. In fact, Montgomery and Carroll Counties do not start back until August 26th, AND are still getting out on June 13th! If you are one of the many who are unhappy about sending your children back to school so early or the elimination of high-school conferences and spring conferences on all levels, or just not happy that we, the majority, are not being heard, please sign and forward this petition to other FCPS families.