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Carroll County Public Schools system returns snow days to students as hybrid learning restarts

Carroll County Public Schools alerted parents late Friday afternoon that inclement weather days for students will be allowed after initially taking them away when most students were learning virtually.

Students returned to hybrid learning this week and school officials said in the event of inclement weather on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, schools will revert to typical snow day policies. If schools close on any of those days due to inclement weather, there will be no instruction and it will be considered a snow day, the email stated.

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If schools open two hours late due to inclement weather on those same days, instruction will begin two hours later than the usual start time. Schools will send reminders and updates regarding schedules during two hour delays.

If there is inclement weather on a Wednesday, when all students are scheduled to be in virtual learning, instruction will continue as planned. There will be no school delays or snow days on Wednesdays.

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When it snowed Dec. 14, the public school system closed schools an hour early and canceled sports and other after-school activities. A letter sent to parents that day stated in-person learning for special education programs, PRIDE, BEST, Gateway/Crossroads Middle, Career and Technology Center and school-specific learning pods ended an hour early.

Later that day, parents also received a letter stating that the virtual instruction schedule will remain the same during inclement weather days. Students will be expected to log in to each of their classes and attendance will be recorded. Those receiving in-person learning or small group instruction will learn virtually for that day at home and athletic practices will be canceled. Inclement weather days that fall on a Wednesday will be a virtual instruction day as scheduled.

For early dismissal days due to inclement weather, the in-person students will be sent home and instruction or support for small groups will not be provided after the dismissal.

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