July 5, 2011
The Howard County Public School System is the very last in the state to finish the school year, dragging it out until June 22. Yes, while Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll county children that my children know are laughing at us, my kids are taking final exams. Why? The short answer is that they didn't plan for any/enough "snow" days. That is nothing short of ridiculous! The school system that closes or delays school when there is so much as one snowflake didn't plan on having to close school?
February 12, 2014
It will soon be payback time for Maryland students who have spent those lazy snow days sleeping until 10 a.m., playing with friends and sledding. Twenty-two of Maryland's 24 school districts have already plowed through the days they build into their annual calendars for snow and bad-weather closings, according to an unofficial tally by state education officials made before this week's storm. State law requires students to go to school for 180 days. See updated closings for Thursday So if the snow falls as predicted and schools close a day or two this week, local superintendents will have to start adding days.
March 2, 2014
When some kids hear the hallowed words "snow day" in advance of Monday's storm, they'll grab their coats and sleds and head outdoors. But Maryvale Preparatory School senior Elizabeth Piet, like a growing number of students across the Baltimore region, will power up her iPad to see what assignments her teachers have waiting. Both private and public schools are turning traditional snow days into cyber days that sometimes require students to use the Internet and email to stay connected to their teachers, allowing educators to stick more closely to lesson plans during a winter that's included more severe weather than usual.
March 9, 1994
The Howard County school board meets tonight to wrestle with the difficult problem of how to make up the 11 school days that have been lost this year because of snow.Eleven is the count so far. Even one additional day will make an already bad situation worse. As it is, none of the options available is a good one.For kids who were gleeful when the first flake of snow hit the ground, there is now a realization that a price will have to be paid in June.Teachers, likewise, have started to grumble.
February 27, 1993
While Baltimore County students and teachers slept late on Friday, a chunk of their spring vacation disappeared in a puff of snow.Just hours before the storm began, the county school board chopped two days from the middle of the April break in a series of last-minute calendar changes brought on by snow closings, budget cuts and state mandates.With Friday on the books as this year's second snow-closing day, here's the drift of what the board did to compensate:*The snow days will be made up on Monday and Tuesday, April 5 and 6, the first two weekdays of what had been a weeklong spring holiday.
February 6, 2000
Several counties are taking advantage of the state's offer to waive some snow days. Talbot County has received approval for its request to be excused from four days that students have missed because of bad weather. Montgomery County, which had used up its four snow days, will be excused from making up two of them. State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick announced last week that all Maryland counties were eligible to have up to four days waived from the 180-day school attendance rule if schools were closed because of the governor's declaration of a state of emergency for Hurricane Floyd in September and last week's snowstorm.