News Release, Calvert County Public Schools

In an effort to maintain social distance and thereby slow the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Karen Salmon, the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, ordered all schools in Maryland to close from March 16-March 27. As a result, local school systems missed ten scheduled instructional days. The Maryland State Board of Education approved waiving five days of student attendance at its meeting on April 14. Local school systems are therefore required to make up five instructional days.

The Calvert County Board of Education previously approved the makeup of two days on April 8 and 9, which had been scheduled for spring recess.

Today the Board approved a calendar modification to make up the additional three days. One of those days will be made up on Election Day, June 2, since the primary will be conducted through mail-in ballots with limited in-person voting. Therefore, schools—in the event that they reopen after the current closure date of May 15—will see minimal use as polling sites. The last two student make-up days will occur on June 12 and 15, which makes June 16 the last day for 10-month staff. June 2, 12, and 15 will count as student attendance days whether students have returned to school buildings or continue to learn at home in a digital environment as a result of statewide school closures.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...