St. Mary's Schools Seek Waiver for 5 Snow Days

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 26, 2010) - At the Board of Education meeting of February 24, Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of schools, presented to the community the status of make-up days due to the recent inclement weather. He noted that schools have been closed 10 days and that 5 of those days are built into the school calendar, leaving 5 as make-up days. Pursuant to the Maryland State Board of Education action on Tuesday, February 23, for a limited waiver process for Maryland school system calendars affected by the historic snow storms of this winter, Dr. Martirano has asked for a waiver of the 5 remaining days.

Pending approval from the State Superintendent of Schools, there will be no required make-up days and the school system calendar will remain as is unless additional days are missed.

If further days are missed due to inclement weather, the plan would be as follows: April 30, 2010, would be a required day of school for students (currently a Professional Day for teachers) and one additional day would be added to the end of the school year calendar, making the last day of school for students Friday, June 18. This would only be required if additional days of school are missed. The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Testing will remain on schedule in March, and Spring Break, which is March 29-April 5, will remain intact.

Source: St. Mary's County Public Schools

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