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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1995
Baltimore County students got two more days of summer vacation last night, when the school board voted unanimously to close schools June 14 instead of June 16, as scheduled.In a break with tradition, the move gives the students back the two snow days they didn't use. Teachers and school staffs aren't quite as lucky. They will work until noon June 16, with June 15 being used for professional development."The board has had a tradition of not eliminating these days [unused snow days], and it's a position I wholeheartedly concur with," said Superintendent Stuart Berger.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com and Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | March 4, 2014
Howard County Public School officials announced that schools will be closed again Tuesday after deciding conditions weren't safe because of freezing temperatures overnight following Monday's snowstorm. School officials said Monday night that shools likely would open two hours late but that they would review the decision Tuesday morning. They elected to close schools for the second day in a row. MSA testing for Tuesday has been canceled. Testing will be held Wednesday, Thursday, and March 11-12.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Laura Lippman and Joe Nawrozki and Michael A. Fletcher and Laura Lippman and Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff Mark Bomster contributed to this story | November 8, 1991
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke today announced major cuts in city government, including closing public schools for a week, shutting seven library branches, closing five firehouses and abolishing 571 jobs.Also, the mayor said, all city prosecutors and library workers will be furloughed for six days and the Baltimore Museum of Art will shut for two weeks following the close of the current Monet exhibit.The dramatic moves -- the first steps in what Schmoke calls a reorganization of city government -- come in response to a $27.5 millioncut in state aid to Baltimore.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 6, 2014
The the first snowstorm of 2014 dumped six to eight inches of the white stuff accross Harford County from Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning, forcing the closure of schools and government offices. On Monday, the weather – heavy morning fog – was a factor in schools opening two hours late. Driving conditions throughout the weekend, from Friday through Sunday, were treacherous, with mulitple accidents, though none serious, were reported across the county. At 1 p.m. Monday, it remained to be seen what would happen with schools Tuesday morning, when temperatures are expected to be in the teens, with the wind chill making it feel like -15 degrees.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2004
A group of Muslim parents, students and community activists is lobbying for the Baltimore County school board to close schools on their two most important religious holidays of the year. If schools are closed Christmas and the Jewish High Holy Days, the group argues, it is only fair that they close on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as well. But amid cries for fairness and cultural sensitivity, others say closing schools on Muslim holidays would set a precedent the system would have to follow for any number of other religious and ethnic groups.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | February 13, 2007
In the early-morning hours of a snowstorm, David Drown will make a decision that will have a ripple effect on all of Howard County: the decision whether to close schools. Like other school officials in the region, he'll wake up about 3 a.m. to check weather reports, test-drive county roads or simply toe his front yard to determine whether the conditions are safe for students. Drown, the director of transportation for the Howard County public school system, will forward his decision up the chain, where it will be approved or rejected by the superintendent and broadcast on local television and radio stations.
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November 12, 1991
Of 433 respondents to "It's Your Call," 243 (56 percent) say the city should find ways of cutting the school budget other than closing schools for a week. Approximately 44 percent (190 callers) say they believe the state should grant the waiver necessary for the city to close schools for a week."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinion but is not a scientific poll. Its results should not be construed as having scientific accuracy.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff Mark Bomster contributed to this story | January 13, 1992
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke today retreated from his controversial plan to close schools for a week, deciding instead not to pay all city employees for five scheduled holidays.Schmoke's decision came after his plan to close schools had come under attack from teachers unhappy with being singled out for furloughs, from state education officials who threatened to sue the city to make it adhere to the state-mandated 180-day school year, and from legislators, who saw the move as a grandstand play by Schmoke.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | December 12, 1992
Baltimore County school officials will consider creating new special busing zones that would allow them to easily close schools in some areas while leaving others open.The move comes in the wake of Thursday's confusion over a last-minute decision to close elementary schools because of snow-slicked roads.Superintendent of Schools Stuart Berger said his initial response to Thursday's snowstorm, which started after buses were on the road, was to close schools in the northwest area of the county.
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April 29, 2007
Some Muslim groups want Baltimore County schools to close in recognition of two of their high holy days. A campaign has been waged for a decade to include the Muslim holidays on the official school calendar, but school officials have rightly refused. As the calendar for the 2008-2009 school year is being prepared, the Muslim groups are continuing their push. But Maryland public schools are not supposed to close for religious holidays, although accommodations can and should be made for those who want to observe them.
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Baltimore Sun Media Group | January 3, 2014
Baltimore County schools are closed Friday, Jan. 3, because of snow and below-freezing temperatures that are blanketing the region. All evening activities in school, both school- and community-sponsored, are canceled as well. That includes all games and practices for high school sports.  Students had just returned to school from winter break on Thursday. With wind chills in the single digits Friday morning, Baltimore County joins other districts in Maryland in canceling school.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to close six schools at the end of the school year but spared two other schools from immediate closure after passionate protests from the community. The schools approved to close at the end of the school year are Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy-East, Baltimore Civitas Middle/High School, Baltimore Talent Development High School, Baltimore Antioch Diploma Plus High School, Baltimore Liberation Diploma Plus High School, and the Friendship Academy of Science and Technology.
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December 8, 2013
As many as seven inches fell on Harford County Sunday, catching many by surprise, making roads treacherous and closing Harford County Public Schools Monday. Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, started spreading the word shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday that schools would be closed Monday. Parts of northern Harford County, such as Norrisville, had as many as seven inches of snow, county emergency services spokesman Bob Thomas said Sunday.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Baltimore schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards announced a sweeping plan Tuesday that would close seven schools in June, including struggling programs that originally were slated to stay open and undergo renovations. The recommendations, which include keeping several charter schools open, would affect 2,800 students in 20 programs. They follow performance reviews of traditional schools and those run by external operators. Two schools that were originally slated to be renovated under the system's 10-year facilities plan have been recommended for closure in 2017.
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May 23, 2013
A tornado of epic proportions hit Oklahoma, which claims to have the finest weather forecasting in the nation specifically because of the tornado threat ("Tornado in Oklahoma leaves dozens dead," May 21). These forecasters note when tornadoes are imminent and attempt to save lives through warning. The day after the first tornado hit, and when all the conditions for more tornadoes remained a danger, the children were sent to school like always. Compare this to how Maryland shuts down the state merely on the rumor of snow.
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By Jim Joyner and Kevin Dayhoff | March 25, 2013
The early spring snow falling on Carroll County overnight from Sunday into Monday has brought with it an extra vacation day for many local students. Carroll County Public Schools has announced that all public schools in the county are closed Monday due to the inclement weather. CCPS on Monday afternoon announced that a basketball game with the Harlem Wizards, originally scheduled for tonight at Manchester Valley High School, has been postponed until Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m.  In addition, McDaniel College in Westminster has also closed for the day. The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory issued for Carroll County through 6 p.m., and is forecasting that parts of the county could receive 3 to 5 inches of snow before the precipitation turns to rain this evening.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2003
Icy road conditions in northern Baltimore County early yesterday prompted the closing of the county's public schools, frustrating some parents who called the system to complain. Although road conditions improved as the morning went on, school officials decided against delaying the start of the school day because students were already scheduled to attend only half a day for the end of the marking period. "What are you going to do -- bring the kids, take them off the bus and put them back on?"
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1999
For the first time in almost two decades, Baltimore County educators say they may have to close some elementary schools because of dwindling enrollment, perhaps shutting them down as early as fall 2000.While schools in the western, northeastern and northwestern areas of the county are bursting with students, enrollment has been steadily dropping in such southeast areas as Dundalk and Edgemere."We have enrollment declines in the southeast area, and there are some schools that we may need to consider closing," said schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | March 12, 2013
Football season's over and baseball spring training games often don't rise to the level being topic for casual conversation, so last week's big snow that wasn't quickly became fodder for plenty of commentary at many levels. A major target when stormy weather hits is the leadership of the local public school system, which made the call before 6 a.m. to close schools last Wednesday, thus keeping buses packed with children off potentially dangerous roads. It was an understandable call.
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By Jim Joyner, jjoyner@tribune.com | March 6, 2013
Several closures have been announced in Carroll County due to inclement weather on Wednesday, March 6. Carroll County Public Schools and offices, including the Central Office, are closed today, March 6. Gerstell Academy in Finksburg is closed. Carroll Community College and its Mount Airy Center are closed today. All classes and activities are canceled. Students should check Blackboard for instructor information. McDaniel College is closed through 11 p.m. Wednesday. All undergraduate and graduate classes are canceled, and Wednesday evening's performance of the play, "The Sleep of Reason," is also canceled.
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