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BOARD GRANTS WAIVER AUTHORITY TO STATE SUPERINTENDENT
Grasmick to Consider Blizzard-related Waivers to 180-Day Requirement
On a Case-by-Case Basis
(February 25, 2003) - Maryland school systems that have run out
of snow days due to the recent snowstorms may ask the State Superintendent
of Schools for waivers of up to two days from the 180-day school
Maryland State Board of Education granted Dr. Grasmick the waiver
authority at its meeting today. Local systems are now able to
request one- or two-day waivers from the school calendar regulation,
and the State Superintendent will consider each request on a case-by-case
basis. Any waiver request beyond a two-day adjustment would still
have to be taken before the full State Board.
Grasmick also received authority from the Board to allow school
systems to keep schools open during state-designated public school
holidays in order to make up missed class time. The State Board
also recognized the extraordinary impact of the inclement weather
on Garrett County schools and gave Dr. Grasmick authority to assist
that county in dealing with its additional calendar needs.
schools are required to be open a minimum of 180 days and 1,080
hours per school year at the elementary and middle school levels,
and 1,170 hours at the high school level.
school systems develop their own school calendars based on those
requirements, building in snow days and vacation periods. Local
systems also determine when schools should be closed based on
weather and other conditions.
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