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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The delight of having a day to play comes at a price for Maryland students.

Pat Warren reports some area school systems have to rework their calendars.

What’s better than having a snow day on Monday? When that Monday is also a test day.

“There’s no school today,” said Alex Carmichael.

“It’s so much snow and it’s so fun,” said Boyer Taylor.

While snow days are devoted to fun, administrators have their thinking caps on, trying to decide how to get this time back.

“That is true. Probably have to tack it on to the summer,” said parent Joe Simms.

“Yeah, but that doesn’t matter, really,” said Gavin Carmichael.

Baltimore City, with five allotted days, is now at eight. Anne Arundel County built in four snow days and has now used seven as of Monday. Baltimore County had built in seven days and even at that is now one day over. Carroll County allotted for five and Monday makes 10 snow days for them. Harford County had already planned to make up nine days and now has to plug in one more. Howard County is two days over its scheduled five.

“Yeah, I’ve missed a lot of work and we’ve all been sick but it’s fun. It’s fun to take the kids out with all their friends,” said Lisa Carmichael.

School systems have the option to add days to the end of the school year. Some have already opened or plan to open on scheduled professional days off or carve time out of spring break. They may also request a waiver from the state Department of Education, allowing them to end the year with fewer than the 180 days required by state law.

“I know the kids are having a great time in the snow so we’ll take it one day at a time,” said Aaron Urban. “If they have to go to school in the summer, so be it.”

“Looks like the first vacation will be the Fourth of July weekend at the rate we’re going,” said parent Greg Christopher.

This was supposed to be the Maryland School Assessment test day for grades 3-8, another glitch that has to be fixed.

Anne Arundel County has rescheduled the MSA for Wednesday and Thursday. Other systems are still considering.

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