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Anne Arundel Kids Have Staggered School Start Times

Patch logo Patch 8/29/2019 Kristin Danley-Greiner
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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Six Anne Arundel County Public Schools buildings will open one day late this school year due to planned construction projects. For everyone else, the first day of school for students in first through fifth, sixth, and ninth grades will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. The staggered openings of secondary schools will give sixth and ninth graders a chance to get comfortable in their new surroundings before the remaining students return to class on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Kindergarten, prekindergarten and ECI students also will start school on a staggered schedule.

Staggered start schedules will be moved by one day to accommodate late openings at Chesapeake Bay Middle School and Arnold, Edgewater, George Cromwell, High Point and Jessup elementary schools. Central Special School, Marley Glen Special School and Ruth Parker Eason Special School will open for all students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Parent conferences at those three schools will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students at the Mary Moss at J. Albert Adams Academy will not have a staggered start. All students at the school will begin class on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Students in grades first through fifth at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School will again be housed at Corkran Middle School and kindergarten students will attend classes at Oakwood Elementary School as their school’s revitalization project continues. They will return to Richard Henry Lee when it opens in the fall of 2020.

Parents can check the school calendar located on the AACPS website for more information about start days.

AACPS has expanded six half-day pre-kindergarten programs to full-day programs and added a full-day program at Jacobsville Elementary School. More than 1,400 students are expected to enroll in prekindergarten programs this year.

The Triple E (Enhancing Elementary Excellence) program will be available in all five elementary schools in the Broadneck cluster, six of the eight elementary schools in the Glen Burnie cluster and the Marley Glen School. Oakwood and Richard Henry Lee elementary schools will start the program next year once construction activities that are impacting both sites are completed.

The program, now in place in eight clusters across the county, offers students an additional area of study with project-based lessons designed to spark creativity and teach students to approach problems with an open mind. It also provides elementary teachers with precious additional planning time.

There also will be a new graduation requirement for all incoming ninth graders. The Global Community Citizenship course, which was piloted at Arundel High School in each of the last two years, has been expanded to every county high school. It is designed to explore the values and diversity of our local, national and global communities. Through real world occurrences and issues, students identify and discuss topics, events and essential questions relevant to their local community which allow them to understand their role in demonstrating civic virtues.

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