Governor Releases Rules for Labor Day Start Date Waivers

Governor Hogan has amended his order to start school after Labor Day, setting terms for districts seeking alternatives  to the new schedule.

The Governor’s Office has posted the Amended Order: Read the Executive Order.

As reported in the Washington Post

Under Hogan’s original executive order, schools must open after Labor Day and end by June 15. But districts could seek waivers based on a “compelling justification.” The governor did not spell out what that meant.

Under the amended order, Hogan largely limits a “compelling justification” to several circumstances, involving either a charter school with an innovative schedule; certain low-performing or at-risk schools with innovative schedules, such as year-round or extended year calendars; or a district that has had 10 emergency or weather-related closings a year at least twice during the past five years.