Maryland Schools Scramble To Make Up Days Lost To Winter Weather
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Another school day, another snow day. Kids are happy, parents are frustrated and Maryland school districts are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make up days lost to bad weather.
Jessica Kartalija has the story.
Kartalija: “When you woke up and you saw there was snow all over the ground again, what did you think?”
Kid: “Um… Awesome!”
If you’re a kid. That about sums it up.
But another snowy Monday morning has some Maryland school systems seeking state relief for snow days.
“I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t fun to wake up in the morning and find out that you had a day off of school, but it is getting a little ridiculous,” one woman said.
As a mom and teacher in Baltimore County, she has mixed feelings.
“I feel like students, kids, we all haven’t been in a routine since winter vacation. Enough is enough. We want spring,” she said.
The state board says all 24 districts have exceeded the number of snow days built into the academic calendars.
Baltimore City has five allotted snow days and they’ve used nine.
Anne Arundel County has also used nine, but they have five to make up.
Baltimore County is also at nine, with seven days built into the calendar.
Carroll County has five days built in, but has used 12.
Harford County has used 12 days and will make up days over spring break.
Howard County has taken nine snow days and has four to make up.
Washington, Carroll and Anne Arundel County school systems have said they will seek waivers, asking that at least one day be waived from the mandatory 180-day school year.
Kartalija: “How much fun has it been to have all school days off?”
Kid: “Really fun.”
Kartalija: “But don’t you miss school?”
Kid: “Kind of.”
For now, they’re getting a good education in the ABCs of snowboarding.
School districts are also adjusting schedules for state testing.
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