BALTIMORE (WJZ)--No school before Labor Day?

The governor is expected to announce the change this week for students to go back to school in September instead of August.

With Ocean City as the back drop, the state’s comptroller has taken to social media with a video to drum up support to start schools after Labor Day.

“Teachers love it, families love it, kids love it,” says Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

A later start date could also extend the tourism season. An economic impact report says the state could generate $74 million.

“We can’t find anybody who’s opposed to starting school after Labor Day. Everybody wants it,” says Franchot.

But here’s something else to consider. The state mandates 180 days of instructional time every single year. If students go back to school a little bit later, they are going to have to make up those days somehow.

“Our belief is that the school calendar should be an issue of local control,” said Bob Mosier, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Schools.

Mosier says changing the academic calendar isn’t that simple.

“We would have to move the end of the school year two weeks or find ten instructional days within the school year to cut, that’s very very difficult to do. That would include things like cutting spring break, perhaps going to school some of the days between Christmas and New Year’s.”

For parents, the opinions are mixed.

“We would like it to start after Labor Day. We are not that happy with how short the summer is,” said Katy Clausn.

“I really don’t care one way of another as long as they go to school the number of days that they are supposed to,” Melissa Youssi says.

The governor also supports this change and leaders are hoping the slogan will catch on.

Out of the 25 school districts in the state only one starts after Labor Day and that’s  in Worcester County.

The governor will make his announcement Wednesday.

The details of his plan have not been released.

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Comments (41)
  1. Nick says:

    How about moving our schools into the 21rst century — install Geothermal Heating and Cooling systems, solar panels, windmills where applicable (5 mph min. on some models) and even a Tesla battery — essentially removing the schools from the grid and teaching the children science that is applicable to all homes and businesses.

    1. John says:

      Because geothermal makes zero sense in Maryland. Look at a map of geothermal resource potential. Solar panels are still very inefficient compared to other power sources when looking at cost versus return. Not even gonna start on windmills for a school or “tesla battery”

  2. Hank says:

    Good luck with that Nick. Where is the state getting the money? Windmill power is an expensive joke.

  3. Sheryl says:

    How can the state mandate when school can begin. It’s not in student interest but state revenue. Will the school system obtain a significant revenue from the state in their budget. State has never became involve in when school should begin. When school systems have asked for shorten days due to inclement weather they have to make up days.

  4. Davos says:

    School currently ends in mid-June. Since you have to be in session for 180 days, now it’ll go to Independence Day. I fail to see why having summer vacation from early July to early September is economically preferable to having it from mid-June to mid-August.

  5. Jared says:

    I moved to MD from Los Angeles. We always started school right after labor day and ended mid/late June. Then again, we didn’t need to close for snow, but the start/end dates worked perfect. Labor day was always associated as the last weekend of summer vacation. I say MD should start after labor day, especially if it saves the state money.

  6. Lj Johnson says:

    “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.”

  7. Karen says:

    I am fine with a after Labor Day start as long as everyone understands that we will be going to school until the end of June.

    It is funny how Governor Hogan can decide to make decision effecting the schools but doesn’t want to help fund the schools.

    1. Howard R Coker says:

      What did O’malley ever do for schools during his 8 years as Governor?

      1. Ronald Jonas says:

        O’malley did absolutely nothing!

    2. TJ says:

      We always started after Labor Day and got out the same time as they do now. They have added so many days off during the school year that we didn’t have before. Take those back out and you can start after labor day and get out in early to mid June.

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  9. M.E.S says:

    when i was younger that’s how it always been .. in baltimore we would start school after labor day .. it wasn’t a problem then .. don’t see why it’s an issue now

  10. PC says:

    We need to start after Labor Day. Children won’t need to go until the end of June or later if they would take out some many “teacher” days. Our teachers completed daily paper work after school – no special days off.

  11. cobra617 says:

    I’d love that. Growing up in MD in the 80s, we always started after Labor day and ended in mid-June. Let the kids enjoy their summers.
    Take away all of these fluff days that have been added to the calendar. They hurt my family as we have to figure out day care for those days.
    For example, in the first 2 months of school, our county has 4.5 days off.

  12. Jan Larson says:

    I think it’s about timeI

  13. GDB says:

    This should be a county decision – plain and simple.

    It makes no sense! You either get the tourists at the beginning of summer (Memorial Day) or at the end of summer (Labor Day), but not during both times.

    Also, tourism depends on college students to work at jobs in OC, state parks, etc. College students are out of school prior to Memorial Day, but are back in school by Labor Day.

    Will Hogan and Franchot also mandate that colleges and universities can’t start until after Labor Day? I don’t think so.

    Over the past year I looked at the number of students state-wide involved in fall extra-curricular activities. If memory serves me correctly, 14,000+ students practice for band, cheerleading, drill team, football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, etc. prior to or beginning on August 15th. Parents of children participating in extra-curricular activities go on vacation long before Labor Day.

    Does this mean the fall sports’ season will run into mid to late December? If so, this would be a significant cultural shift, and would be a burden on school systems scheduling games, especially for counties such as Allegany and Garrett that play a lot of local WV and PA schools.

    Does this mean that there is the potential that students in the far-western counties during a heavy snow year will get out of school the first week of July with the approaching Fourth of July holiday?

    Let Worcester County do want it wants to do, but this is a county decision.

    Finally, I don’t want to hear Hogan and Franchot say, “That’s the way it used to be!” That is true. With that being said, we used to have manual labor factory jobs in MD, and we called our parents collect from a pay phone. That comment would simply be hooey!

  14. GDB says:

    So…I just did a bit of research.

    Well, let’s think about counties in MD that actually get snow that has, in the past, closed schools for a week at a time. If those counties started school after Labor Day and had an end date of June 16th, there is the reality students might not get out of school until early July.

    Furthermore, the students participating in fall sports in Worcester County start well before Labor Day. Secondly, they start to school the day after Labor Day.

    Honestly, does anyone believe that most Marylanders are going to flock to OC for one last hurrah when their children would start back to school the next day?

    Please explain Hogan and Franchot, how does starting after Labor Day result in a net economic gain?

    1. John says:

      You must have missed during your extensive research that we used to start school the day after Labor Day in Maryland. We also had sports start August 15th. The school year ended the same time as it does now. I remember the last day of school falling on my birthday a couple times..June 11th. We had less days off during the year and that is the only problem. This year Easter break is 6 days in AA County. We used to get 2 days at Easter. Starting after Labor Day works in many places with no problems at all. I do agree this should not be mandated from the governor though. However I do see that he has had to deal with the incompetence in leadership first in Baltimore City and now in Baltimore County and is thinking of ways to help the children.

  15. Gibbongirl says:

    So, the kids go back after labor day. But doesn’t that just mean they get out later? They gain on one end and lose on the other. Betting everything on Labor Day? That is short sighted. If the Tues after Labor Day is the first day of school, it’s doubtful you will get the family crowd you are looking for. Those few days before school include last minute school shopping, getting kids back into normal sleep schedules, etc. It’s not going to include OC.

  16. BaltoCoMom says:

    Start after labor day, end in early June and get rid of all the “fluff” days off during the year, just like it USED to be! It’s more of a PITA for parents to arrange childcare for all the random days off during the year and it barely feels like we get a summer anymore.

  17. ME says:

    How about not having days off every other week. Go to school 5 days a week for 36 weeks and they’re done. Kinda like real life when they are flipping burgers.

  18. bcrystal501 says:

    This has nothing to do with students or education. This is all about additional vacation weekend revenue for Hogan’s croines in Ocean City.

  19. Tina says:

    If the students have to go longer in June to make up those days then it makes no sense! How about changing the mandated 180 day to 170. These kids are not going to learn anymore in 10 days. Most of them sit around and watch movies and the like the last week of school anyhow.

  20. lily says:

    First who makes the mandate?????? Start after Labor Day and get out Memorial Day Those last 2 weeks are a joke they only have busy work.

  21. Georganna says:

    I am all for it, have signed every petition for this movement. Summer doesn’t even start till the 21st of June and ends about the 21st of September so it is cooler in June to be going to school, waiting at bus stops or walking back and forth. Have u ever had gym in 90 degree weather that August brings…Start after Labor Day!! yeah

  22. KMK says:

    Here’s a compelling reason for starting after Labor Day that might help low income families School social workers report kids staying home from the first week of school because their families could not afford uniforms and supplies at the end of the month. But one of them noted public assistance is issued at the start of the month, meaning people could have the resources for these things after Labor Day.

    I realize that’s not where Hogan’s coming from, but I’m all for positive unintended consequences!

    Of course, many people here have raised the good point of needing to extend school until late June to get in the required 180 days of school and account for heat- and snow-related closings. I don’t see this administration investing school building improvements (fans, A/Cs) or good snow removal infrastructure any time soon.

    Lots to consider and I hope there would be an informed public debate before making a big systemic change like this.

  23. CCW1965 says:

    No one asked the affect of this decision on the Special Needs Students Transitioning timetable. As it stands now, any student born on or after the start date of the school year, must exit the school system the previous school year. If the school start date change goes into effect next school year, parents will be left scrambling around to find a day program now with a shortened amount of time to do so and an unexpected graduation to plan for by the end of this school year. It takes enormous planning (usually a year) to find an an acceptable adult day program. Even more concerning, day programs are funded by the Governor’s Transition Youth program which bases its funding amount on the data provided by the Department of Special Education, which means the funding may not be there for when the student transitions because the data reflected an additional year in school. This is terrible for special needs parents affected.

  24. Ann Gray says:

    Whose “bright idea” was it to change the start of school to the week before Labor Day? In this area, August has always been the hottest month of the year. We started the day after Labor Day and school closed in mid-June. What was wrong with that?

  25. Nanette says:

    I think it would be a good idea to start school AFTER Labor Day. It just makes common sense! How many years have we dealt with sending students home because it was too hot! Hello!!! We live in Maryland here !!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. KAREN CLINE says:

    No matter which way it goes someone is gonna complain. I am a school bus driver and it’s HOT in June also. So if you move the start day to after Labor Day, school would go further into June.

  27. thomas breen says:

    well it,s about time they put it back the way it used to be who ever changed it before should have been fired a long time a go.and i wish i had as much time off when i was going to school as they do to day

  28. GDB says:

    Once again, the tourism industry relies on college students for their workforce. Colleges end the year prior to Memorial Day. Colleges begin the year prior to Labor Day.

    Not to mention…at least 15,000 high school students are already involved in extracurricular activities in early to mid August. This is not even taking into consideration students involved in youth programs that being in late July or early August. Parents of those children vacation in early summer.

    There is currently “only one” of 24 school districts in MD that start school after Labor Day – why is that? Hmmmm…it’s Worcester County – home of OC.

    Worcester County starts school this year on September 6th – the day after Labor Day. Worcester County’s last day is June 16th. If schools in western Maryland are forced to begin after Labor Day, there is the potential the last day of school could be facing July 4th.

    Finally, would I take my school-age children on vacation over Labor Day weekend when I knew school would begin the day after Labor Day? Nope!

    I dare anyone to explain how there will be a net economic gain by starting the school year after Labor Day, and that includes Hogan and Franchot.

    This should be a local decision – plain and simple.

  29. I went to Baltimore City Public Schools when there was no air conditioning in schools and we never closed for hot weather. The new school year always started the day after Labor Day and we didn’t have all the days off schools have now. Maryland school systems hardly go two full weeks without a day or half day off for one reason or another. Knock out the fluff, start later and end earlier!

    1. GDB says:

      So…what is the “fluff”?

  30. For years schools started after Labor Day and the number of days worked out. Also 4H kids are at the State Fair until Labor Day!

  31. Teacher says:

    Schools should start after Labor Day!!!! Many other states start after Labor Day and finish in the middle of June WITHOUT taking away Easter/Spring Break or Christmas/Winter Break days.
    While we at it, why is it that teachers have to come back in the middle of August???? In PG County my school year started August 19th.