And the Last Day of School in Howard County Is...

Howard County released its newly revised calendar after a verdict on snow days.

Howard County public school students had nine inclement weather days for the 2013–2014 school year.
Howard County public school students had nine inclement weather days for the 2013–2014 school year.

The Howard County Public School System is adjusting the school year due to snow days.

In an announcement on Thursday, officials reported the last day of school for students and staff will be Friday, June 20.

High school exams will take place Tuesday, June 17, through Friday, June 20. 

Dismissal will be three hours early Wednesday, June 18, through Friday, June 20, with no prekindergarten/RECC programs.

Summer school starts June 25 and will end as scheduled on Aug. 1, the announcement said. 

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery approved the county's request to waive two days from the 180-day requirement students are mandated to be in school, according to a statement from the Howard County Public School System.

The school system had allowed for five inclement weather make-up days in the 2013-2014 school calendar; due to weather, schools were closed nine days, the statement said.

"Howard County initially applied for a waiver of four days, but modified the request to two days after [the Maryland State Department of Education] denied waiver requests from several other school systems," the statement said.

The revised request meant extending the school year in June by two additional days, according to the statement.

EL April 03, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Does HoCo school ever consider eliminating a teacher in service day or two rather than extending the year. Adding curriculum days during the year MIGHT be more effective than tagging them on at the end. I keep hearing from parents AND staff that students "check out" by the beginning of June. I wonder if we aren't just adding days for the sake of adding rather than with an eye towards productivity.
Elle April 04, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Its only 2 extra days and they're 1/2 days at that. Whats the big deal? Kids get bored a month after school lets out anyway. I'm for year round school with breaks in between!


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