Snow Cuts into Spring Break for Harford County Students

The Harford County Board of Education voted to use one of the days designated for spring break as a makeup day.

The Harford County Board of Education voted Monday to hold school in session on Thursday, April 17. Previously, that day had been designated for spring break.

Students were not supposed to be in school April 15 or 16 due to staff development days; those have already been rescheduled as school days due to inclement weather.

On April 18 and April 21, schools will remain closed for spring break.

Holding school in session April 17 was necessary to make up for inclement weather days, according to Harford County Public Schools, which said: "This will account for one of the extra inclement weather days used in excess of what was built into the 2013-14 school calendar."

The state of Maryland requires students to be in school at least 180 days each school year.

At the outset of the school year, the Harford County reported that its calendar had "the potential for 187 school days," to allow for the possibility of inclement weather.

The school system was out of snow days as of Feb. 7, according to The Aegis.

On Tuesday, Harford County Public Schools issued a statement about April 17 being a school day, noting that it planned to submit a waiver to the Maryland State Department of Education seeking to be excused from the full 180 days.

The Maryland State Department of Education does not accept waivers until after the inclement weather season is over.

This article has been updated.
James P. Miller February 25, 2014 at 03:13 PM
How will this affect graduation?
Erinn February 26, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Dumb. Can I tell you how many absences we are going to have cause of parents who made travel plans? Oh well!
Lori Beyer February 26, 2014 at 07:17 AM
I'm one of them! We booked a cruise that week back in December. NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS
Jeff February 26, 2014 at 08:58 AM
The bigger question is why don't they plan for more snow days? Planning for 7 doesn't make much sense, plan for at least 2 school weeks (10 days) and if you don't need that many then you are safe. Also, not to offend teachers ( I know I will) but do they really need all these days off during the school year? They say staff development days, but with computers, and technology today there has to be a better way to have these days without having off from school. The joy's of having a powerful union that get's these schedules
James Knight February 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM
First off I am not a teacher and you say powerful union I think the teacher union is the worst union I have ever seen, 1 raise in 6 years awesome union but that's for another conversation. But I do agree the should budget more time in for snow days like 10 or so. I also agree the staff development days are useless as well. But I also understand the importantance of the staff days I work for a company that does staff meetings all the time 2 a month. And these people teach our kids I would like them to be prepared and up to standard on what they are teaching. But this lack of planning ahead for the board of education is very poor. Their are teachers and parents the same that like to go away for the week.
James Knight February 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM
The graduation thing I have never seen where days off has affected graduation. Because seniors already don't do the 180 since graduation is usually 2weeks before the end of the school year


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