Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wicomico County Public Schools must add two dates to its 2017-2018 school calendar

Wicomico County Public Schools must add two dates to its 2017-2018 school calendar after receiving word that Maryland state education officials did not grant the school system’s request to waive two of the days that schools were closed during Winter Storm Grayson.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin, with the support of the Board of Education, requested a state waiver for two of the five days that were missed due to the winter storm. The state board indicated that they believe local school systems should use every available option to make up missed instructional time within the calendar before they will grant a waiver to adjust the length of the school year.
Per Governor Larry Hogan’s decree that the school year must end by June 15, and with the denial of the waiver request, Wicomico County Public Schools must now be in session:
• Monday, Feb. 19, when schools would have been closed for Presidents’ Day.
• Thursday, March 29, which would have been a professional day for teachers but will now be a school day with 2-hour early dismissal to allow teachers some time for professional development.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heck take away all those "professional days" and spring holidays....they are only in session, what 10 months? Teachers have plenty of time to relax or take on extra training while schools are closed! What Company only works their employees for 10 months then shuts down??

Anonymous said...

Kids should attend school 12 months.

Anonymous said...

Professional day is just another way of saying teacher's union meeting.

Anonymous said...

Professional Days are required by the Federal Govnt. They involve alot of meetings and continuing education. Most teachers would rather teach the children those days instead. It is sad to me how disrespectful we are to teachers. Most people could not handle the job. This message is brought to you by someone who does not teach, but respects them and supports them 100%.

Anonymous said...

@4:06 schools babysit your kids enough. not to mention feeding them 2 - 3 meals a day while alot of so called mothers don't even get up to fix their child breakfast or see them off to school. Please..........be a parent and feed and take care of your own children cause this village is tired of raising your child!

Anonymous said...

7:02 a lot of folks respect teachers....still no reason for the professional days for what ever reason! Pay them extra AFTER the School session closes instead of extending school days for kids.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:02
You hit the nail on the head. "professional Days" do not need to be held during time usually set aside for classroom time.
How much can they learn about teaching in two days, 2 seperate days at that?
Assuming a "professional day" equals 8 hours, then just have teachers come in an hour early or stay an hour late on 8 different days. That way the school system can tell the federal government to go pound sand.

Anonymous said...

"Professional Days are required by the Federal Govnt...."

Liar, liar, pants on fire! I am a retired teacher and know this has never been true.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Heck take away all those "professional days" and spring holidays....they are only in session, what 10 months? Teachers have plenty of time to relax or take on extra training while schools are closed! What Company only works their employees for 10 months then shuts down??

February 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

That's what happens when Liberals running the State government allows these Douche Bags to "Negotiate." The Douche Bag teachers get to negotiate 10 Professional Days a year.

Anonymous said...

Just think, if we got rid of these professional days then schools would get out in May.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Kids should attend school 12 months.

February 6, 2018 at 4:06 PM

What a stupid comment.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Professional Days are required by the Federal Govnt. They involve alot of meetings and continuing education. Most teachers would rather teach the children those days instead. It is sad to me how disrespectful we are to teachers. Most people could not handle the job. This message is brought to you by someone who does not teach, but respects them and supports them 100%.

February 6, 2018 at 7:02 PM

Not a teacher?? Yeah Right!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
@4:06 schools babysit your kids enough. not to mention feeding them 2 - 3 meals a day while alot of so called mothers don't even get up to fix their child breakfast or see them off to school. Please..........be a parent and feed and take care of your own children cause this village is tired of raising your child!

February 6, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Bingo

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Professional Days are required by the Federal Govnt...."

Liar, liar, pants on fire! I am a retired teacher and know this has never been true.

February 7, 2018 at 8:59 AM

I am a member of the Board of Education and I can tell you for a fact that Professional Days are NOT a Federal requirement.

As a matter of fact, they are NOT a state requirement. The teachers are required to obtain "X" amount of continuing education requirements per year just like many professions that require a license.

The problem is teachers unions are run by liberals and the teachers negotiate how many "Professional Days" they want per year to obtain that so-called continuing education. Then they sometimes use those days to get those CE's. Just because your school calendar says "Professional Day" does not mean your teachers have to do continuing education or professional development on those days. They may have in fact gotten their PD's during the Summer so these days are additional vacation days for them.