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Release Date: 9/13/2018
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BCPS taskforce seeks public comment on its recommendation to extend school day

Public comment meeting to be held on Sept. 20

Towson, MD – A Baltimore County Public Schools School Day Taskforce subcommittee is seeking public comment on a recommendation to extend the school day. The subcommittee is preparing this recommendation for submission to the superintendent.

The recommendation of the subcommittee is this:

Extend the school day by 15 minutes. The extension of the school day by 15 minutes will add 45 additional hours to the school year. The addition of 45 hours will make it possible to meet all Maryland State Department of Education day and hour requirements and comply with the governor’s school start and stop dates; build more than the required three inclement weather days into the calendar; and reinstate the traditional week of spring break. This recommendation has an approximate cost of $24 million and is being brought forth at this time so it may be considered in the upcoming budget request cycle.

A public comment meeting on this recommendation will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. in Building A of the Greenwood Campus at 6901 N. Charles St., 21204. Community members interested in making comments will sign-up to speak and have 3 minutes to share their comments.

The public also may comment to the taskforce through the email address schooldaytaskforce@bcps.org.

The taskforce subcommittees on school start times and secondary schedules are continuing their research and will bring forth recommendations at a future date.

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