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MCPS May Need to Extend School Year Due to Snow Days

Without a state waiver, last day of school will be June 19

Updated March 14, 2014 http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/press/index.aspx?page=showrelease&id=3490

As of March 6, 2014, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has had a total of nine emergency weather days (snow days). The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has four snow days built in, so MCPS is five days over its allotted number of snow days.

The state of Maryland requires districts provide at least 180 days of instruction. Unless MCPS receives a state waiver, five instructional days will be added to the end of the school year, meaning the last day of school for students would be Thursday, June 19, 2014. This is the plan outlined in the 2013-2014 calendar approved by the Board of Education in November 2012. Parents are asked to plan accordingly.

MCPS has applied for a waiver from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that would allow the district to go below the 180-day requirement. Under the plan submitted to the state, MCPS would extend the school year by one day—to June 13, 2014—and four of the snow days would be waived, meaning these days would not have to be made up.

Although MCPS has received such waivers in the past, it is not guaranteed that the district will receive one this year.

Once MCPS receives a response from MSDE, we will notify parents with more definitive information about when the last day of school will be. Until then, parents are urged to plan for school year to be extended by five days to June 19, 2014.


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