School Calendar → 2019-2020 Calendar Survey
The survey is brief and includes questions to ascertain the relative importance of school closure on various days, both religious and non-religious, to our staff, families, students, and the broader community in order to gather data for analysis and review as context for the development of the 2019–2020 school year calendar.
The Survey is Now Closed
Survey administration will begin the week of April 30–May 4, 2018. The survey window will close May 22, 2018.
On November 14, 2017 the Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) voted unanimously “to request that the school system conduct a comprehensive survey of staff, parents, and the community, regarding their desired operational closures for use in developing the 2019–2020 calendar” (Resolution 463-17).
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This resolution was adopted in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order of August 31, 2016 (amended October 11, 2016), mandating that public school systems in Maryland must begin instruction after Labor Day and end by June 15. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and several other Maryland school districts experienced challenges in developing school year calendars due to the shortened overall time frame for possible instructional programming established by the Executive Order.
One of the major challenges in calendar development under this constraint is balancing the number of instructional days (exceeding the 180-day mandate) with state-mandated closures and non-state-mandated closures—or operational closures—while also considering longstanding traditional programming for elements such as Spring Break.
Following the Board’s action, an internal team was assembled to guide development of the calendar survey. This team was composed of staff in the following offices:
Early discussions among the members of the internal team determined it would be appropriate for a third-party to design, administer, and analyze the comprehensive calendar survey requested by the Board. To that end, on February 26, 2018, the Board approved a contract extension for Hanover Research to work collaboratively with MCPS on this initiative.
In 2016, Hanover Research partnered with the Howard County Public Schools system in developing the Religious and Cultural Observances—Calendar Impact Survey for staff and parents/guardians to understand the impact of religious and cultural observances on the delivery of its instructional program. The team’s goal was to use this survey as a model with modifications tailored specifically for MCPS. Development of this survey stipulated the following:
Several delivery methods will be used in order to best engage survey participants:
The online survey allows parents/guardians to select survey participation in English, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese.
Hanover Research will retain all data collected from survey participants. Data will remain anonymous and confidential. In addition, results will only be presented as overall percentages, but examples of written responses may be used to illustrate certain points. No identifying information will be released with the reporting of results.
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