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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.”

MCPS Update on snow days – Released today

So far this year (as of Feb.18, 2014) MCPS has had seven snow days, meaning we have exceeded by three the number of days built into the calendar. The last day of school for MCPS was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 12. Without a waiver from the state, the last day will have to be moved to Tuesday, June 17, in order to meet the 180-day state requirement. If we have additional snow days this year, the last day of school would have to be moved back further, in accordance with the calendar approved by the Board of Education. There are no plans to change Spring Break.

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