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Speak Out: Should MCPS End the School Year Early?

School districts in Maryland and Virginia are closing early for the year after using none of their built-in snow days.

While a mild winter and lack of snow left young students in Maryland without days off from school to sled and relax, they may be getting the last laugh.

Students in Baltimore, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties are likely to start their summer breaks a week early due to a mild winter that produced no snow days, according to a report by Savage-Guilford Patch

Frederick County Public Schools are also likely to close early, without having used any of their built-in snow days, an FCPS spokesperson told Patch.

But Montgomery County Public Schools — with the last day scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 — has no current plans to wrap up early, MCPS spokesman Dana Tofig told Patch in an email.

“I am not aware that this is being discussed at all,” Tofig wrote. “We build 184 instruction days into our calendar, with the hope that we can use each day for teaching and learning.

“However, four extra days are built into that calendar to account for the possibility of weather related cancellations (e.g. snow days). If we have to use those snow days, we still can meet the minimum number of days and hours of required instruction.”

Speak Out: Do you think MCPS should consider ending the school year earlier because they did not use the built-in snow days or are they making the right call to continue with their planned schedule? Let us know in the comments section.

Doug Tallman April 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Here's Patch coverage of the Fairfax County school board's Thursday decision to shorten the school year: http://oakton.patch.com/articles/school-board-approves-shortened-school-year
Sanja Grujic-Vlajnic April 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
NOTE they end on June 15th, 3 days after MCPS! And, yes, MCPS also should start around september 1st!
Sue Shaw April 14, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Any teacher who plans to just sit and talk for 3-5 days is not worthy of being called a teacher and should be reported and fired, if that is actually what was said.
nancy edwards April 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
If they closed the Friday before the kids would lose 1.5 days of signing yearbooks, helping teachers pack up classrooms, and busy work not instructional time. I think in many families it would just be finding child care for that Monday. Most families would have already made plans for the 1/2 day Tuesday. Teachers would still be in the buildings those days and in-school day care options would still be open.
Jake Johnson June 04, 2013 at 01:32 AM
I believe they should.. Theres a highly chance of students leaving MCPS area and going to another county where school ends earlier.. No Kids No school huh?

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