Spring break is a little shorter for Harford County Public Schools following a school board decision to open schools on Thursday, April 17, a day that was planned as vacation for students and staff.
The decision was made at a board meeting Monday to make up for a snow day that occurred earlier in the school year. Spring break will now be from April 18 through April 21.
Snow and ice storms have closed HCPS for a total of nine full days thus far this school year, two more days than planned. As a result, the school system must get a waiver from the state requirement that schools open for a minimum of 180 days, or find ways to make up the extra missed days.
Superintendent Barbara Canavan explained prior to the decision Monday that HCPS first had to use every available day to meet the minimum requirement before the state would grant waivers. She said that the school system would seek a waiver for the other extra snow day. However, Canavan said that if that waiver was denied, a make-up day could be added at the end of the school year, extending school past June 13.
Chief of Administration Joe Licata said in an interview that all necessary waivers would be requested in the spring, once the threat of winter weather passed.
In a related move, the school system has already asked the state to count Monday, Feb. 3, as a day when schools were open. A snow storm closed schools 2-½ hours after opening that day, but the state requires a minimum of 3 hours for a school day.
How nice to find this out from reading it here instead of getting an email or robocall from my employer. Speaks volumes.
Yep. It was on here on Monday night and we just now get an email today about it…not sure why they couldn’t send it yesterday when it was obviously decided Monday night.
Haven’t you noticed the lag in communication has started since Terri Krainfeld left. Seems like they have divided up her job until her replacement can be found. That is why late rebo calls and late emails.
Yep. And last week when we had a delay (I think it was the 18th?) that red message stayed on the website for like two days. They actually hired someone though– I saw that today. She doesn’t start until March 17, which is hopefully after all the snow is finally done. LOL.
I was Shocked that schools opened on time this morning with the prediction of snow in the forecast. Where are all the concerned parents? Now that all the snow days have been used up.
fruit basket says
What snow? Its all melt by now. There was less than 1 god damn inch accumulated. Quit your crybabying.
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