Snow day for county students unlikely to lengthen class time

March 10, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Even though Howard County students missed another day of school Friday, it is unlikely to add another school day to the year or more hours to the school day.

Howard pupils have missed 10 days of classes so far this school year because of bad weather.

But the school system needs to make up only eight days because the Maryland State Board of Education has reduced the minimum number of school days this year from 180 to 178.

Two of Howard's canceled days already have been made up, when students attended classes on a teacher training day and on the Presidents Day holiday. The current plan is for the other six canceled days to be added to the end of the school year -- extending the last day of school to June 19, said schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.

But the Howard school board is expected to discuss this year's snow day makeup schedule at its meeting Thursday, Ms. Caplan said.

It's possible that the board could change the schedule, but the DTC superintendent plans to recommend that the schedule be left as is, she said.

Ms. Caplan said she did not know what the school system would do if another day were canceled.

The school board policy calls for school days to be lengthened rather than extending the last day of school beyond June 19, but that could be changed.

"We'll cross that bridge if we come to it," she said.

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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