After losing half of its spring break this year to snow, the Howard County Board of Education voted on Thursday to update next year’s school calendar to add another possible inclement weather day and preserve all of spring break.
In the 2019-2020 calendar, five inclement weather days have been built in for potential inclement weather closings. If schools close unexpectedly due to inclement weather before June 15, students will make up the days between June 16 and June 22.
Any additional make up days would require additional action which could include petitioning the state for a waiver, according to Brian Bassett, schools spokesman.
The last day for school staff is June 20, 2020.
Winter break is set for Dec. 23, 2019 until Jan. 1, 2020, with schools reopening Jan. 2, 2020.
The school district will also be closed:
*Nov. 27-29, 2019 for Thanksgiving
*Jan. 20, 2020 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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The 2019-2020 calendar follows state law requiring at least 180 instructional school days and Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 executive order requiring an all state schools to open after Labor Day and end by June 15.