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CCPS uses last snow day built into school calendar

When Carroll County Public Schools made the call to close schools Tuesday due to snow, they used the fifth and final day built into the school calendar for emergency closings.

Any future days missed from closures due to emergencies or poor weather conditions will require the school system to either make up the days or request a waiver of a 180-day requirement of instruction time from the state to avoid extending the school year, according to CCPS spokeswoman Carey Gaddis.

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"We must meet a certain required amount of hours as well, but our days are typically longer than the required amount of hours, so we're usually fine with that unless we have a lot of early dismissals or late openings and that's when we have to really worry about that, which has not been the case this year," said Steve Johnson, assistant superintendent of instruction for CCPS.

Carroll public schools were closed for four days during last month's blizzard that dropped historic snowfall totals on the Baltimore region.

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The school system will begin discussing how to make up lost instruction time once the wintry weather clears up, Gaddis said.

Carroll public schools used 10 days last year for emergency closings, and had four built into the school calendar. The state waived three of the required days of school, and the school system came up with a plan to shorten spring break and add an additional day with early dismissal to make up missed time.

Weather forecasters at the National Weather Service said there is a chance for snow next Monday in the Carroll area, with the possibility for more in the next two months.

"It can snow here through March," said meteorologist Matt Elliott.

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