Board's waiver on snow day adds extra weekend to summer vacation June 18 becomes last day of school

April 02, 1993

The last school day for Howard County students will be a day earlier than scheduled, thanks to the State Board of Education.

The board on Wednesday granted Howard and five other school districts permission to waive a makeup snow day that would have fallen on a Monday. That means that the last day of classes will be June 18, a Friday.

School officials were delighted.

"We didn't feel it would serve anybody's interest to bring kids in for a couple of hours on a Monday," said Patti Caplan, school spokeswoman. "That's what would have happened. We're very pleased with the state board decision."

Other counties that got one-day waivers included Harford, Frederick and Worcester.

Counties that were granted three-day waivers from the board included Washington, which had eight days off because of snow, and Garrett, which had 13.

Howard County schools were closed five days this winter -- two during the recent blizzard.

The year-end schedule is as follows:

* June 16: High school students will be dismissed 3 1/2 hours early, while middle and elementary school students will be let go two hours early.

There will be no morning kindergarten classes.

Afternoon kindergarten classes attend the morning session.

* June 17: High school students will be dismissed 3 1/2 hours early and middle and elementary students, two hours early.

Morning kindergarten classes will be held, but no afternoon kindergarten classes.

* June 18: All students will be dismissed 3 1/2 hours early.

There will be no morning or afternoon kindergarten classes.

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