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June 13 will be Early release day

–  Monday, April 21, 2014, also known as Easter Monday (Students Will Attend school)

–  Thursday, June 12 previously scheduled early release day has been changed to a full school day.

June 13, last day of school, will be early release day. Below is the link to the revised school calendar.

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/calendars/


MCPS Will Make Up Two Snow Days on April 21 and June 13

State Approves Plan, Waives Four Snow Days

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has made final adjustments to this year’s school calendar and will make up two snow days. Under a plan approved by the Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday (April 2, 2014), school will be held on the following days:

–  Monday, April 21, 2014, also known as Easter Monday
–  Friday, June 13, 2014, which will be the last day of school for students

No other snow days will have to be made up under the state-approved plan. The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has 184 days of instruction, which is four more than required by state law. MCPS has had 10 snow days this school year and, therefore, is six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law.

On Wednesday, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery granted a waiver that allows MCPS to go four days below the required days of instruction if school is held on April 21 and June 13.

“We appreciate Dr. Lowery’s recognition that this has been a very unusual winter and her willingness to grant us some flexibility in our calendar,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “By holding classes on April 21 and June 13, we can make up two valuable days of instruction without significantly disrupting our community’s summer schedules.”


State Superintendent Denies Snow Day Waiver; MCPS May Modify Request

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Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery on Monday denied a waiver request that would have allowed Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to go below the 180 days of instruction required by state law. However, Dr. Lowery said she would consider a modified request if MCPS agreed to make up more of the instructional time that was lost this school year due to inclement weather.

MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said he will consult with the Board of Education to consider other options before deciding whether to submit a modified waiver request. He said a decision about whether to submit such a request would be made early this week and the state has indicated they would respond quickly.  Once MCPS knows how many days of instruction it will have to make up, parents, students, staff, and community members will be notified of any changes to the calendar.

MCPS has closed school 10 times this school year due to inclement weather. The 2013-2014 school calendar, as approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education, has 184 days of instruction, which includes four days more than required by state law. Therefore, MCPS is six days under the 180 days of instruction required by state law.

On March 25, the Maryland State Board of Education gave Dr. Lowery the authority to grant a waiver that would allow districts to go up to five days below the 180-day minimum. MCPS applied for a waiver under which one of the six snow days would be made up and five would be waived.

Response to MCPS Waiver Request