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Schools Move to Shorten Easter/Spring Break

Anne Arundel County Public Schools may shorten Easter/spring break by a day to make up a snow day.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools may cut one day off Easter/spring break to make up a snow day. File|Patch
Anne Arundel County Public Schools may cut one day off Easter/spring break to make up a snow day. File|Patch

Anne Arundel County students could lose a day of spring break to make up a snow day, district officials said Friday.

State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery has denied the request by Anne Arundel County Public Schools for a five-day waiver of the 180-day school year requirement. The district has forced to ask for the waiver after snow days piled up this winter.

Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins plans to ask the Anne Arundel Board of Education to change the school so classes can be held the day after Easter, April 21. That day had previously been scheduled as the last day of Easter/spring break.

State regulations stipulate that schools be closed on the day following Easter, so Perkins today submitted a request to the state to waive that requirement and allow schools to be open. If the waiver is granted, the calendar change will be considered at the April 2 board of education meeting.

If the calendar change is approved, the last day of classes for students would be Monday, June 23.

“Historically, the state Board of Education has granted single-day waivers to systems when the last day for students falls on a Monday,” Perkins said. “It would be my plan to then ask for that waiver which, if granted, would move the last day of class for students to Friday, June 20, 2014.”

AACPS builds four days into the school calendar for inclement weather, but has used five additional days this winter, a district spokesman said. A June 20 dismissal date, combined with the calendar change for Easter/spring break, would mean that students will have made up all but one of the days.

The waiver requests do not affect teachers and other employees whose negotiated agreements stipulate the number of days they must work each school year, the district says. Any discussions on the length of those work years must be held separately.

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