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More Days Could Be Added to School Calendar In P.G. County

Winter Closings Could Extend Year

Joshua Garner | 2/21/2014, 2:06 p.m.
**FILE** Students sit in class at Ernest E. Just Middle School in Mitchellville, Md. (Courtesy of Prince George's County Public Schools)

An extended school year could be in store for in Prince George's County students after weather cancellations have caused the schools system to exhaust its allotment of snow days.

School officials are weighing their options on whether to extend the school year to the minimum state requirement of 180 days after the school system racked up five days of closures due to the weather — county school were mostly recently closed on Feb. 13.

Though state law requires a minimum of 180 school days, the school superintendent can request a waiver to the requirement, school officials said.

"The superintendent, or CEO in our case, would have to request a waiver from the state," school system spokesman Max Pugh told the Gazette. "We're going to wait and see how the weather turns out before we decide whether or not to seek a waiver."

If days are added to the school year, it could occur Monday, June 9 through Thursday, June 12. An additional make-up day would be June 13, making it the last day of school, according to reports.

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