Snow Days, So What?

Md. counties granted waivers after record-breaking storms

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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Snow Days, So What?

Six Md. counties will not have to make up all their snow days, thanks to waivers from the State Department of Education.

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Students in six Maryland counties will have shortened school years thanks to those snow days that bring so much winter joy but often only postpone summer fun.

After February's record-breaking snowstorms, the State Department of Education has granted snow day waivers.

Those waivers mean Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, Kent, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties will not have to make up all the days of instruction that were lost because of snow.

Anne Arundel, Kent, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties will shorten the school year to 175 days, instead of the normal 180. Charles and Frederick counties will have a 177-day school year.

State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick has the authority to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis. Anne Arundel, in particular, was granted reprieve because the school system had already built in four snow days, but used 10.

Montgomery County schools had already planned for a 184-day school year but have not made any plans to extend instruction days. There's no word if Montgomery also will receive snow waivers.

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