MoCo Board of Education Finalizes 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

by MCS Staff

The Montgomery County Board of Education finalized the 2022-2023 academic calendar in yesterday’s meeting.

  • The first day of school is Monday, August 29, 2022.
  • The last day of school is Friday, June 16, 2023.
  • The calendar includes a total of 182 instructional days. This is the same number of instructional

    days that have been scheduled since the 2017–2018 school year.

  • The 11 stand-alone dates that schools are required to close by state law are noted with an asterisk on the attachments. Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022, is marked among these, though not specified in state law.

For the 2022–2023 school year, school systems are required to close on the following dates:

  • Labor Day: September 5, 2022;
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • Thanksgiving and the day after: Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, 2022;
  • Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day: Saturday, December 24, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2022 (the Christmas holiday observed on Monday, December 26, 2022, and New Year’s Day holiday observed on Monday, January 2, 2023);
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 20, 2023
  • Friday before Easter: Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Monday after Easter: Monday, April 10, 2023
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Two non-instructional days are scheduled to coincide with Rosh Hashanah (Monday, September 26, 2022) and Yom Kippur (Wednesday, October 5, 2022), due to anticipated challenges in operating schools on these dates.
  • Two professional development and make-up days are scheduled to align with Diwali (October 24, 2022), and Eid al-Fitr (April 21, 2023). Having the opportunity for professional development but not holding instruction on these dates aligns with the educational and operational objectives of MCPS. It is important to note that Lunar New Year, normally aligned with a professional development day as well, falls on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
  • One full non-instructional day is scheduled for planning and grading at the end of each quarter. These days also may be used for make-up days, if needed.
  • Two early release days are scheduled to coincide with the interims of the first quarter (Friday, September 30, 2022) and third quarter (Friday, March 3, 2023)
  • Additionally, each quarter, except the fourth quarter, includes one additional early release day (September 14, 2022, December 7, 2022, and March 15, 2023) to allow for additional ongoing school-level professional development.

 

  • Two early release days for parent-teacher conferences are aligned with the week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22, 2022). This reflects an interest in more continuity of learning and uninterrupted weeks during the fall, and increased flexibility for holding parent-teacher conferences.
  • The calendar has a total of eight scheduled early release days, including the last day of school.
  • MCPS has added a designation of systemwide closures for November 23, 2022,

    and June 19, 2023.

  • Five non-instructional days are scheduled for winter break, beginning on Friday, December 23,

    2022, in addition to 2 state-mandated closures. The total of 7 non-instructional days

    and 2 weekends results in a 11-day winter break.

  • Four non-instructional days are scheduled for spring break in addition to the 2 state-mandated

    closures. Additionally, the week is preceded with an end of the quarter professional development day, resulting in a 11-day spring break (7 non-instructional days plus 2 weekends).

  • The July 4 holiday will be observed on Monday, July 4, 2022.

 

Monday, October 24, 2022; Monday, November 7, 2022; Friday, January 27, 2023; Friday, March 31, 2023; Monday, April 3, 2023; Tuesday, April 4, 2023; and Friday, April 21, 2023, are identified as possible make-up days due to weather or emergency closings within the school year.

As the state required minimum number of instructional days is 180, instructional days 181 and 182 function as the first 2 possible make-up days (Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, 2023). MCPS also schedules instruction on these days; however, MCPS will not need to make up those days of instruction in the event of closures because of exceeding the state-mandated minimum.

Full calendar can be viewed here.

 

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