Changes to Washington County School Calendar Approved


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It has been a busy season for highway crews, keeping up with the back to back snowstorms but they are not alone.

School officials have been busy, adjusting the school calendar to compensate for lost days and Washington County is just one of many. It is every student's excitement to have a snow day but when it is time to make up for them, it can be dreadful.

While school doors remained closed, the Washington County Board of Education were trying to keep track of of the days lost.

School officials said they have been making revisions to the school calendar three to four weeks ago and the last time they had to make such changes were around 1992 and 1994.

Students will now be attending school on Thursday, March 27, 2014 and Friday, March 28, 2014. Those days were originally scheduled to be professional days for teachers.

Monday, April 21, 2014 will be another make up day but has yet to be approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

"Of course every time we had a snow day, we had to make another adjustment yesterday, we had to make another adjustment to what our plan was but at this point I think we have a good plan for students," said Boyd Michael, deputy superintendent of Washington County Public Schools.

One day has already been made up on President's Day, and if a waiver is granted for the March 3, 2014 closing, everything will be on schedule.

"We have a whole team of six people that go out to various areas of the county; Hancock, Cascade, Smithsburg, Boonsboro as well as Hagerstown and Williamsport who try to evaluate roads and conditions," adds Michael.

These changes are necessary and as school officials say, it is the best of both worlds for parents, teachers, and students.

The last day of school is June 12, 2014 if the Maryland State Department of Education approves the waiver request with a two and a half hour early dismissal.






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