State Board of Education OKs one-day snow waiver

May 01, 1994|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer

Harford County schoolchildren, who missed 15 days because of inclement weather last winter, have received a one-day waiver from the Maryland State Board of Education, making the last day of school Friday, June 17, instead of Monday, June 20.

Public school for the county's 35,000 students started Aug. 30 and was scheduled to end June 9. That calendar included four snow makeup days.

To cover the other lost days, the school system shortened spring break by two days and extended school by one week.

Students also attended classes on days they were to have been off -- Feb. 21 and 22 for Presidents Day and a teacher meeting day, respectively.

The 15 days missed by Harford schools was more than any other jurisdiction in the state.

Some parents, upset they had to take off work or make other arrangements for the snow days, have asked the school system to divide the county in two geographical areas.

A northern zone, primarily around North Harford High, North Harford Middle and North Harford Elementary school, typically gets more severe weather than the rest of the county.

Dividing the county into two parts would allow students in the southern areas to attend school more often during the winter, parents say.

School officials have said such a plan would be difficult to implement because of transportation problems and the fact the new zones would cut across school districts.

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