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.