WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Students may have enjoyed the days off when several snow storms hit the D.C.-Baltimore region, but they might not be too happy to hear that it’s most likely going to cut into their summer.
The good news? It’s barely cutting into their pool time.
Mongtomery County Public Schools announced they will extend the school year by one day to make up for lost time, making the last day of the school year Monday, June 15. Officials say it will be an early release day.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery approved a plan that will allow Montgomery County Public Schools to go two days below the 180 days of instruction, as required by state law.
The 2014-2015 calendar adopted by the Montgomery County Board of Education included 184 days of instruction, with the last day of school originally scheduled for June 12. The four additional days built into the calendar allow for the district to close for weather or other emergency conditions up to four times and still meet the minimum number of required instructional days.
Officials say most years, the additional four days are adequate but MCPS has had seven snow days for this school year.
The board-approved calendar also includes five contingency days — June 15 through June 19 — on which school will be held if MCPS closes for more than four days due to weather conditions. Officials say adding these three days to the end of the year will cost between $1.7 million and $2 million, mostly due to personnel costs.
Given financial concerns, the Montgomery County Board of Education authorized Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers to request a waiver of up to three days from the state.
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