Thousands of students across the D.C. region will spend their Presidents' Day in class. A rough winter filled with snow days has many local districts looking to make up time they've missed in school, and Monday is the first of those days for some students.
State education departments generally require about 1,000 hours or 180 days of instruction each academic year. Because of several snowfalls, several local counties are at risk of falling below that requirement.
In Virginia, Fairfax, Stafford, Warren, King George and Frederick county schools are holding a make-up snow day on Monday. In Maryland, the list includes Charles, Kent, Queen Anne's and St. Mary's county schools.
Fairfax County has three weather days built into its calendar, but those were used up by early January. Since then, Fairfax County students have racked up five more snow days. Several students and parents told FOX 5 they're ready for classes to get back on track.
"After a while they are missing their friends, they're missing their teachers, says parent Vanessa Russel. "When it's time to go back to school they are ready. They are on the Fairfax site quicker than I am."
It looks like the school year is going to be extended in Fairfax County, D.C., Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Howard County schools.
Arlington Virginia Schools are converting some early release days into full days and other counties are considering cutting recess or adding a bit more time to the school day.
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