Carroll BOE adjusts two early dismissals to make up for snow days

The Carroll County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to convert two scheduled early dismissal days into full days to put the school system in compliance with state laws.

March 31 and June 13 had been scheduled as a 2 hour and 45-minute early dismissal for students, but will now be full days of school as the school system continues to adjust the school calendar to account for the numerous days off due to snow.

In addition to making March 31 and June 13 full days, the school system will also submit a waiver to the state for five missed school days.

The March 17 snow day represented the 12th snow day for students this school year.

The Board of Education had voted March 12 to extend the school year by one day to June 13 and request a waiver for four days from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The school system had five snow days built into its calendar and had already made up one day by going to school on Feb. 18. That day was originally scheduled as a day off for students and professional day for teachers.

If the waiver were approved, that would have accounted for the 11 days missed and put the school system in compliance with the total days and hours of school required by state law.

But the snow day Monday forced the Board of Education to revisit the issue and look at other alternatives to adjusting the school calendar to make up one day.

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.

While elementary and middle school students would have met their hourly requirement if no action was taken, high school students would have been five hours and 15 minutes short.

With the action taken by the Board Wednesday, high school students will meet the hours requirement by 15 minutes.

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

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