The Board of Education followed the recommendations of the school system’s Calendar Committee, adopting a 2023-2024 school year calendar that calls for classes to begin for students on Monday, August 28, 2023, and end on Thursday, June 13, 2024.
The calendar maintains the holiday closings contained in the current school year calendar, a three-day Thanksgiving break, and the weeklong Easter/Spring break. It also contains closings for Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr and builds in three days to be used in the case of inclement weather. The calendar also contains four two-hour early dismissals to allow staff to engage in professional development related to equity and two two-hour early dismissals at the end of each of the four marking periods.
The Board concurred with the Calendar Committee’s recommendations to:
- eliminate the three partial days designated for parent-teacher conferences (one in the fall and two in the spring). The calendar maintains two full days for parent-teacher conferences at the start of the Thanksgiving week. This reduces the number of two-hour early dismissals over the course of the year from 15 to 12.
- institute a non-student day for elementary and middle school students only to allow for additional teacher professional development. This recommendation was made in large part to the increased number of conditionally certified teachers in Anne Arundel County Public Schools this year and the need for additional professional development around the curriculum. The implementation of this day — scheduled for Nov. 1, 2023 — does not lengthen the school year for any students as those at the elementary and middle school levels have had a 181-day school year for many years (high school students have a 180-day school year because high schools are closed on the day of their graduation).
The Board also agreed to begin developing calendars two years in advance to afford more time for families to plan, though it did not set a date to begin doing so.