MCPS Weather Closures Push Last Day of Classes to June 15
Wednesday marked the fifth time this year that schools closed because of wintery conditions
Montgomery County public school students will be in classes until June 15 to make up time lost during several weather-related closures.
This week’s snowstorm prompted Montgomery County Public Schools to call off classes on Wednesday, the fifth time this year officials have closed schools because of inclement conditions. Superintendent Jack Smith explained in a January message to the community that two closures can be absorbed without altering the original academic year calendar because MCPS plans for two instructional days beyond what the state requires. However, Smith said, the school system would have to adjust the schedule to account for any additional snow days.
Since then, MCPS canceled classes on three more days after determining that weather conditions made travel unsafe.
The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year originally scheduled June 12 as the last day of classes. Now, students will be staying in school for an additional three days, although June 15 will be a half-day, according to MCPS spokesman Derek Turner.
The school system also pinpointed March 26 and 27, the first two days of spring break, as potential makeup days if any more were needed. Turner said Thursday if MCPS needs to order an emergency closure after spring break, the school system will have to request a waiver from the state, which has ordered school districts to end classes by June 15.
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