UPDATED: April 2, 2014 10:50 a.m.
ROCKVILLE, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Maryland’s schools superintendent denied Montgomery County’s request for a waiver of five snow days to avoid extending the school year, but approved a second submission of four snow days.
The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has 184 days of instruction, which is four more than required by state law.
Montgomery County Public Schools has made final adjustments to this year’s school calendar and will make up two snow days after submitting a new request.
Officials say under a plan approved by the Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday, school will be held on Monday, April 21 and Friday, June 13. June 13 will serve as the last day of school for students.
No other snow days will have to be made up under the state-approved plan.
MCPS has had 10 snow days this school year and, therefore, is six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law. The State Board of Education allowed Superintendent Lillian Lowery to grant waivers allowing as few as 175 days this year.
“We appreciate Dr. Lowery’s recognition that this has been a very unusual winter and her willingness to grant us some flexibility in our calendar,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “By holding classes on April 21 and June 13, we can make up two valuable days of instruction without significantly disrupting our community’s summer schedules.”
Prince George’s County lost eight days and is awaiting a decision on a four-day waiver request.
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