Schools chief to seek 3-day waiver because of weather closings

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In response to the weather-related closings that would lengthen the academic year by about a week, Howard County schools Superintendent Michael E. Hickey plans to ask the state Department of Education for a waiver of three days.

If the waiver is granted, Howard schools would close for the summer June 16.

"We're hoping," schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said yesterday. "We're also praying that we don't have more snow days."

Flooding from remnants of Hurricane Floyd in the fall and snow last month closed Howard schools for six days.

The last time Howard County received a waiver allowing students to attend school fewer than 180 days was in 1996, Caplan said.

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