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School districts running out of snow days

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Most of the major public schools systems in the metropolitan Washington area have closed several times so far this winter due to the weather.

The problem with so much winter playtime is that state education departments generally require about 1000 hours of instruction each academic year.

Most local school districts build in "snow days" - extra days of instruction - on top of the average of 180 days.

Montgomery County and Prince George's County are dead even on snow days. Fairfax County has maxed out of snow days, and will hold classes on President's Day, and on a previously scheduled teacher workday on April seventh.

D.C. is considering a summer extension of about two days (to make up for lost instructional time), but a final decision has not yet been made.

Prince William and Loudoun Counties have longer school days than average, and therefore they rarely need to add instructional days to the end of the year.

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