By Sara Toth, firstname.lastname@example.org
4:55 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
The last day of school for Howard County students will be Friday, June 20. The adjusted last day of school comes after State Superintendent Lillian Lowery approved a modified, two-day waiver for snow days, the school system announced Thursday.
The school system and Board of Education had applied for a four-day waiver from the mandated 180-day school year, but modified the request to two days, school officials said, after Lowery denied full waivers for Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.
Howard County schools were closed to students nine days this year, and only five inclement weather days were built into the calendar. The school system wanted those last four days waived, making the last day of school Wednesday, June 18.
At a board meeting March 27, Superintendent Renee Foose had said if the full waiver wasn't granted, the school system would apply for a shortened, three-day waiver and the "worst-case scenario" would be a last day of Thursday, June 19.
With the adjusted last day, all schools will close three hours early Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20. There will be no pre-kindergarten or RECC programs.
Summer school will also be delayed by two days, starting Wedensday, June 25 and ending as scheduled Friday, Aug. 1.