School calendars are developed by local education agency 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.
2022-2023 Opening and Closing Dates for Maryland Public Schools – Printable document of school openings and closings for the 2022-2023 school year. (Revised March 29, 2023)
Length of the School Year
- The Annotated 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 education agency leaders if normal school attendance is prevented 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
Teresa Dantzler, Ombudsman
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201