Harford County Public Schools was approved for the maximum number of the inclement weather waivers – five – from the Maryland State Department of Education, Superintendent Barbara Canavan said.
With the approval of the waivers, the official last day of school for teachers and students in kindergarten to 11th grade will be on June 12, a day earlier than originally scheduled, Canavan said during a school board meeting Monday night.
Canavan said school will end on June 10 for pre-K students.
The waiver approvals come after a rough winter with harsh weather causing multiple days of school closures, early dismissals and late arrivals, including a controversial early dismissal on Feb. 3, when classes were held for 2 1/2 hours, shy of the three hour state law minimum required to be considered a full-day of school.
HCPS students missed 11 days during the 2013-2014 school year because of the frequent snowfall and icy weather. Seven of those days are being made up through by days built into the end of the school calendar and a shortened spring break.
In March, MSDE granted State Superintendent Lillian Lowrey the authority to approve up to five waivers for missed school days during this school year. Most school districts lost nearly two weeks for weather.
Harford County applied for the maximum number of waivers from MSDE in two packages.
HCPS submitted on Feb. 19 a waiver for the Feb. 3 early dismissal, according to HCPS spokesperson Jillian Lader.
The school system later applied for four other inclement waivers from MSDE to excuse students from days missed.
The state board of education approved all five of these waivers.
The other seven school days missed due to inclement weather will be remedied by the seven built-in make-up days added to the calendar, Lader said previously.
Four days scheduled for this week, April 14 to 17, what was to be spring break, and three days at the end of the school year, June 10 to 12, will be used as make-up days, Lader said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun