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State approves of Carroll schools' snow day waiver request

As long as the weather cooperates, Carroll County students no longer need to worry about going to school past June 13.

Maryland Superintendent Lillian Lowery has approved Carroll County Public Schools' waiver request for five school days missed because of  inclement weather, according to a school system news release.

B ecause of the 12 snow days and seven delayed openings this year, the school system had fallen short of state required days and hours that students be in school for the year.

State law requires students to be in school 180 days a year and 1,080 hours for elementary and middle school students and 1,170 hours for high school students.

Throughout March, the Board of Education had approved multiple adjustments to the school calendar that extended the school year through June 13 to put the school system in compliance with state laws. The school year was previously scheduled to end on June 12 with a 2-hour and 45-minute early dismissal, but will now end with a full day of school on June 13.

If there are additional school delays or closings because of inclement weather, the school year will be extended into the week of June 16.

Lowery had previously informed Anne Arundel and Montgomery county school systems that their five-day waiver requests would be denied.

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