Wintry weather in recent days has forced school closings, activating scheduled make-up days that will shorten spring break for students and teachers in Harford County Public Schools.
As a result of three recent closures, on January 29, February 5, and February 6, school will now be in session on April 14, 15, and 16. Harford County Public Schools identified the three days in April as “potential inclement weather make-up days” in the 2013-14 school calendar.
Had they not been used as make-up days, April 14 and 15 were going to be days off from school for students, and professional development days for teachers. April 16 was to be the start of spring break for teachers.
Now, spring break for students and teachers will run from Thursday, April 17 through Monday, April 21.
No additional inclement weather make-up days have been planned in the 2013-14 school calendar, which by state law must provide for a minimum of 180 days for students. The last day of school for students in grades K-11 is June 13, 2014.
The state education department has granted waivers of the 180-day requirement in years past, but waivers are only considered after the end of the winter season.
For the 2014-15 school year, Harford County Public Schools will not use spring break as a source for inclement weather make-up days. Instead, the school calendar has a total of 188 days, with June 19, 2015 listed as the last possible day of school. If inclement weather days are not used, a maximum of eight days may be removed from the end of the school year.
Below is the Web site posting from HCPS activating the last of the inclement weather make-up days in the 2013-14 school calendar.
“As of Thursday, February 06, 2014:
Per the Board-approved calendar for this school year, the last day of school for students (K-11) is Friday, June 13, and for Pre-K students the last day is June 11. As an employee, should you have questions regarding your work schedule, please contact your immediate supervisor. Below is the sequentially ordered list of make-up days to be used. Dates with a line through them below are dates identified as inclement weather make-up days that have been used and will now be dates when schools are in session.
Tuesday, June 10
Wednesday, June 11
Thursday, June 12
Friday, June 13
Monday, April 14
Tuesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 16
Schools will now be in session April 14-16, 2014. We will continue to provide updates as needed. Waivers for days used must be granted by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and are not automatic regardless of ‘State of Emergency’ status as declared by the Governor during an inclement weather event. Please note that waivers will not be considered by MSDE until the end of snow/inclement weather season.
In addition, Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, are currently paid non-work days for 10-month employees (with the exception of inclusion helpers and bus drivers/attendants) per the agreement with Harford County Education Services for the 2013-14 contract year. However, as stated in the original announcement on October 16, these dates may be adjusted should they be required as inclement weather make-up days.”