Longer Winter Could Mean Shorter Summer For Md. Students
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — With winter finally behind and April coming up, Maryland schools are struggling to make up a pile of snow days.
More than a dozen school systems asked the state to waive some of those days. One request has been denied.
Meghan McCorkell explains some students are looking at a shortened summer vacation.
The snowy weather caused some schools in Maryland to miss about 10 to 13 days of class. Now some students could be making all of them up.
With winter storm after winter storm, kids did a lot of sledding and less learning. All those snow days took a toll on parents.
“It just makes it difficult to take off work and be home,” one mother said.
Now school officials are struggling to make them all up. Anne Arundel, Carroll, Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties have all asked the state superintendent to waive some of the make up days.
Baltimore City plans to file a waiver. But in Anne Arundel County, a request for five days was denied.
“Our goal now is to put in place a plan that provides a finite end to the school year for parents and that date as quickly as possible,” said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County Schools.
The school year was supposed to end on June 17. With the extra days, it could go until June 23.
The school system will now apply for a one day waiver so the last day of classes would be Friday June 20.
They’ll also ask for permission to hold school on Easter Monday–an idea that doesn’t sit well with some parents.
“That’s putting a damper on a lot of planning that you already had–vacation time, getting away time and especially for the kids,” said Jeffrey White.
Others say it’s important to get a full school year in.
“I don’t mind. If they have to make up the days then I guess they have to do what they have to do to make up,” said Tim Lathe.
To make up for a winter that just wouldn’t quit.
Many of the other school districts say they are still waiting to find out whether their waiver is approved or denied.
The state school board has granted a five day waiver for Saint Mary’s County schools.
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