The MCPS Board of Education announced Tuesday that the day before Thanksgiving will be a holiday for students, extending the break to five days.
The county has recently been experiencing a shortage of teachers, bus drivers, and substitutes, and the ongoing issue of staff shortages likely factored into the decision of cancelling the half-day. Interim Superintendent, Monifa McKnight, explained in a letter that she hopes people are able to “take some time to rest and recharge during the extended Thanksgiving break,” and to spend time with family and friends.
Removing an instructional day will not lengthen the school year, as the county still exceeds the state requirement for 180 days of school. Schools will reopen as planned on the following Monday, November 29th.