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Maryland Leaders Reject Request from Montgomery Schools to Forgive Snow Days

School year could extend farther into summer break.

School could go farther into summer break. (Patch file photo.)
School could go farther into summer break. (Patch file photo.)

For leaders of Montgomery County Schools, it's back to the chalkboard.

Maryland education leaders have rejected the district's request for a five-day waiver for days lost to snow, raising the possibility that the school year will be extended.

Montgomery County used 10 snow days this school year, six more than it had scheduled into its regular calendar.

Montgomery officials told The Washington Post that Superintendent Joshua P. Starr would consult with school board members to decide whether to resubmit a waiver request or extend the school year into what would have been the start of summer break.

“We want a resolution to this as soon as possible, and we know that parents, students and staff do as well,” Montgomery schools spokesman Dana Tofig told the paper. “We will work quickly to go through the next steps, and as soon as we have a final answer, we’ll let everyone know.”

Montgomery officials had asked the state to forgive five missed school days and said they would extend the school year by a day, to June 13.

State officials last week also rejected a five-day waiver request from Anne Arundel County.

Prince George’s County, which lost eight days, is waiting for a decision on its request for a four-day waiver.


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