The Maryland State Department of Education has granted the Frederick County School System's request for a two-day waiver of the 180-day classroom requirement. That means the school system will not have to make up two snow days in the current academic year.
Last month, the Maryland State Board of Education approved a process where school systems in the state could apply for up to a five-day waiver. Each school system would apply to the State Superintendent of Schools for a waiver, and the requests would be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Public school students in Maryland are required to attend classes 180 days a year.
Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties applied for five-day waivers and were turned down.
The recent winter has been particularly harsh, and many school systems around the state had to cancel classes due to snow, ice or bitter cold temperatures.
Now that a two-day waiver has been granted, Frederick County students will not to have to come to school beyond the originally scheduled final day of classes on June 11th. But they will have to attend class on Monday, April 14th, Tuesday, April 15th, and Wednesday, April 16th. They were originally set aside for the spring break. They will also must come to school Monday, April 21st, Easter Monday, which is a state-mandated holiday.
Frederick County used 12 snow days this year, but only five snow days were built into the academic calendar. The Board of Education has set aside five snow days in its 2014-2015 academic calendar, but has also identified five extra make upd days if next winter turns out to be as harsh as it was this year.