Governor Larry Hogan's executive order, which was signed in August 2016 declared that Maryland public schools have to start after Labor Day.
Cecil County Public Schools had to adhere to that mandate.
"The Calendar Committee had a unique set of challenges in developing their recommendation this year as a result of the Governor's executive orders mandating the beginning and end of the school year. Given the additional rules in the Code of Maryland Regulations, there were fewer decisions to make for next year. Future calendars may prove to be even more challenging," said Dr. D'Ette Devine, superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools said in a Board of Education meeting earlier this month.