- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Education has set guidelines for considering waivers to post-Labor Day school starts under Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent executive order.

The board announced the guidelines Monday.

Local boards will have to demonstrate they’ve met at least one compelling justification outlined in the governor’s order. They also will have to have conducted at least one public meeting where the waiver application was considered and approved.

Justifications include the adoption of an innovative school schedule for a low-performing, at-risk or charter school. Another would be for a school system that was closed for 10 days per year for weather or disaster-related reasons in either of the last two years.

Waiver applications need to be submitted by March 31. Granted waivers will be for the 2017-18 school year only.

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