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D.C. Area Schools Quickly Running Out of Snow Days

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — With all the snow the Washington region has received this winter, school systems are running low — or, in some cases, have already hit their limit — on inclement weather days.

In Maryland, public schools in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties already have exhausted all four of their allotted snow days for the school year. All three school systems say any make-up days likely would be added to the end of the school year, but it isn’t certain.

Public schools in Charles County have had five days off due to snow, so they are one over the limit. School officials say adding days on at the end of the year is their worst-case scenario. Instead, the school system is trying to open on Presidents Day (Feb. 17), or take a day away from its Spring Break vacation.

D.C. Public Schools builds two snow days into their school year calendar, but the District already has had to use three snow days this year. A spokesperson for D.C. Public Schools says June 20 and June 23 already are designated as make-up days, but they could add a make-up day earlier in the school year.

In Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools had four snow days planned but have already had six snow days this year. That means public schools will be open on Presidents Day and April 7, which had been a day off for students following the end of the school year’s third quarter.

Alexandria City Public Schools will be in session March 14 and April 11 due to the school system having two more snow days than planned. Any more snow days will result in additional time being added to school days later in the year instead of adding school days to the end of the school year calendar.

Public schools in Loudoun County don’t have to make up any snow days because the school system’s calendar exceeds the number of school days required by the state. The school system says it hasn’t had to add in any extra days due to snow since 1990.

Snow Days Remaining by School District

D.C. Public Schools: 0 (have used 1 more than planned)

Maryland
Montgomery County: 0
Prince George’s County: 0
Anne Arundel County: 0
Howard County: 1
Charles County: 0 (have used 1 more than planned)

Virginia
Fairfax County: 0 (have used 2 more than planned)
Alexandria City: 0 (have used 2 more than planned)

WNEW’s Jim MacKay contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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