Friday's winter storm to lengthen students' school days in the spring

February 18, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Howard County school days likely will be lengthened this spring because of Friday's snowstorm, the school system's ninth canceled day so far this school year.

The county school board will not determine how much time to add to each 6 1/2 -hour school day until later, but it's expected that days will be lengthened beginning April 17, said schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.

The school days must be lengthened because the Howard school system already has used its available snow days.

Students attended school on a scheduled teacher training day last month and are to attend classes on tomorrow's President's Day holiday. The calendar also has been extended by six school days to June 19.

The board's policy is that school days will be lengthened rather than adding more days in June. The state school board already has given approval to all school systems to lengthen school days to make up for lost time.

Two years ago, the Howard school system added a half-hour to each school day for four weeks to make-up two canceled days.

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