Friday's snow might mean an additional day of school

February 28, 1993

Attention schoolchildren: Think twice before you jump with joy the next time school is called off for snow this year, should that happen again.

Friday's snow day already could mean an extra day tacked onto the end of the school year, and any more snow days will just add to that, pending a school board action.

Carroll school officials had figured on three snow days when they set up the calendar for the 1992-1993 school year that was to end June 17. But Friday was the fourth day that schools closed because of snow.

Now, the school board will have to decide whether to ask the Maryland Department of Education for a waiver of the required 180 days of school, or tack on an extra day (or two, if it happens again) at the end of the school year.

Precedent seems to favor the latter, said Stephen Guthrie, personnel specialist with Carroll County schools.

Adding a day won't mean more pay for teachers or bus companies, which are paid for 180 days anyway, he said.

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