Inauguration Absences

EDUCATION NOTEBOOK

November 30, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com

The presidential inauguration is some time away, but school system officials say they have been inundated with questions about possible student absences.

Linda Wise, the system's chief academic officer, sent a letter to school administrators this month telling them that absences on that day can be used as one of the three discretionary days available to each student.

"If the discretionary day is arranged with the principal in advance, participation in inaugural activities will be an excused absence for students at all levels," Wise said.

The inauguration falls on the same day as high school midterms, which has also created angst. The school system does not plan to eliminate the exam scheduled for that day.

Students who choose to use the discretionary day will be expected to make up any missed work at the teacher's convenience by the end of the exam week, Wise said.

Film festival

Calling all filmmakers.

The fifth Howard County Student Film Festival is seeking original films from high school students.

The festival, which is run by the school system's Gifted and Talented Intern/Mentor Program, is open to all county students from public and private schools.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 25.

Information: www.hocofilmfestival.com.

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