Public School Openings And Closings Dates

School Calendars
School calendars are developed by local school system leaders in accordance with state law and with the input of a variety of stakeholders to best meet the needs of the school community. There are laws that define required state holidays and the number of days and hours that schools must be open for pupil attendance.

Executive Order 01.01.2016.13 requires all Maryland kindergarten through grade 12 public schools to open for pupil attendance no earlier than the Tuesday immediately following the nationally observed Labor Day holiday. The school year for every public school in Maryland shall adjourn no later than June 15. Local boards of education have the option to apply for a waiver of the requirements set forth in Executive Order for the 2017-2018 school year by completing the following waiver application:2017-2018 Waiver Application

2016-2017 Opening and Closing Dates for Maryland Public Schools
Select the link above for a printable document of school openings and closings for the 2016-2017 school year.

Length of the School Year

  • The Annotate Code of Maryland, Section 7-103 requires that schools be open for pupil attendance 180 days and a minimum of 1,080 hours during a ten-month period.


  • Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.03.02.12 defines the high school year as 180 days with a minimum requirement of 1,170 hours during a ten-month period.


  • Adjustments to the length of the school year can be requested by local school system leaders if normal school attendance is prevent because of natural disaster, civil disaster, or severe weather conditions. An application for waiver of school days may be submitted in accordance with the process detailed in Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.02.01.04.



Contact Information
Teresa Dantzler, Ombudsman
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Email: teresa.dantzler1@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-767-0114

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