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Howard County school board adds Presidents Day as a full day of instruction and makes other 2022 calendar changes

The Howard County school board voted Thursday to make Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21, a full day of instruction, in order to make up for one of the January inclement weather days that schools were not in session.

Superintendent Michael Martirano made the recommendation to the board on Thursday after State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury had announced that local school districts may use Feb. 21 as an inclement weather makeup day instead of a scheduled day off.

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Martirano also recommended changes to the June school calendar related to a new federal holiday.

On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed a bill declaring June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Americans. In 2022, the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20, and Martirano recommended that both offices and schools should be closed on that date. Board members voted to observe Juneteenth in Howard County public schools on June 20.

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June 22 was also added to the 2022 calendar as another inclement weather make-up day, if needed.

So far in the 2021-22 school year, the school system has used four of its five scheduled inclement weather days, according to the school system website.

The last day of school is still set for June 14, board members said.


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