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More snow leaves school districts scrambling to make up snow days

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Monday was yet another snow day for most school districts across our region -- adding to the uncertainty of how to make up for so much lost time in the classroom.

The decision making varies according to each school district.

In Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland, officials are hoping the state's Board of Education lets students spend fewer than the required 180 days in class this school year.

Prince George's Public Schools tell FOX 5: “We have had 8 snow days (9 if you include one non-student day - a professional development day). Our original last day of school was June 5. We had 4 days built in, but now we have had to add 4 more. So our tentative last day would be June 17. We are planning on requesting a waiver from the state of Maryland for a few of those days.”

This is the 10th snow day for Montgomery County Public Schools students. Last week, Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr asked the state for a waiver from the Maryland Board of Education.

MCPS officials tell us: “Of course, it doesn't include today's snow day. So even if all four days we requested were waived, we still would need to make up two days. And there's no guarantee we will get all four days waived.”

Arlington County plans to lengthen some early release days this spring. Fairfax County wants to tack on some extra minutes to the school day and may ask for a waiver.

The Fairfax School Board communications office says: “Today is our 11th snow day (actually one - Jan 7 - was a cold weather day). We have added four days to the calendar as makeup days so far: Feb 17, Apr 7, June 23 & Jun 24. A number of options to make up today could be considered including adding another day at the end of the year, adding minutes to the school day or seeking a waiver from the state. No decision has been made yet by the school board.”

At George C. Marshall High School near Falls Church Monday, custodian Miguel Morillo was about the only one working. He was clearing snow from the sidewalks.

One school administrator tells us the unrelenting weather is disrupting nearly every program at every school. Another school administrator says trying to reschedule things has been a mess, causing a domino effect.

The Maryland state Board of Education plans to meet next Tuesday and we are told it will start making decisions on waivers at that time.

In case you are feeling at wit's end, be glad you don't live in Garrett County in western Maryland. Those school children have already missed 19 days this winter.

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