Dear Frederick County Board of Education:

Please reconsider back-to-school start dates in the future. As a 14-year-old boy, it is important for my well being to have time in the summer months to be active with my friends outside and vacation with my family.

I would much rather stay in school a couple of extra weeks in June when sports are still ongoing anyway, than end earlier and start earlier. I am no longer able to go on my annual summer vacation in August with my grandparents and cousins due to the early start. I have not seen my elderly grandparents much in the past year due to the pandemic, so missing vacation really upsets me.

Also, I play sports and that means I have to start on Aug. 11, and we have Frederick High School orientation for new students on Aug. 6. With all of these school activities starting in early August, it really limits my summer vacation.

My friends and I all feel the same way about this and don’t think you are making these decisions with the best interest of students in mind. I respectfully request that you start the school year closer to or just after Labor Day.

Ryan Ullman


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It's strange that all counties in Maryland start back to school on 8/31, *except* FCPS which start back on 8/18.


Local control. We conservatives love it.


Gabriel, I appreciate the info and will do better next time. Thanks.


Sorry, should have called my shot. It was directed at Bobfair.


If you used the "+ Add Reply" button you wouldn't have to call your shot, and there wouldn't be any confusion as to who you were addressing, jth. Your response will be placed under the comment you are replying to.

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Rude. He’s fourteen. Give me a break.


Completely agree!


well said young man, the teachers unions wants to start earlier, so they have more time to prepare the kids for the standardized testing, is the only reason I can think of for starting school so early. Last year when they allow voting/opinons from parents, they had to add an option for starting 1 week, earlly, since their only choices were originally for 2 or 3 weeks early. The parents want school to run between the 2 holidays, Labor to Memorial day, this is better for vacations, beaches and the kids.


Bobfair...Yeah, sure. Teachers are chomping at the bit to get back to school less than eight weeks after the last year ended. Teachers have families, take vacations, and need a break, too. The Board makes those decisions, regardless of the request for 'public comment'. They do what they want, when they want. And buckle up; the school year starts earlier next year.


I’m not on the Board.


Fall high school sports always begins in mid August regardless of the start of the school year. The date is set by the state, not the county. Those that play fall (and spring) sports often realize early on that they must take vacations between late June and early August.

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