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Wicomico Approves Revisions to Calendar to Make up for Snow Days

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 SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County Board of Education approved revisions to the 2014-2015 school year calendar to make up missed days due to inclement weather.

Wicomico Schools were closed nine days this school year due to weather and road conditions. The Board approved the following revisions in order to make up for missed time:

On Tuesday, March 31, students will dismiss two hours early to give teachers time for professional development work.

On Tuesday, April 7, there will be a regular school day to make up one missed day. This was originally scheduled to be a professional day. Parents and guardians of students who will be absent on April 7 due to prior family plans must provide written notice beforehand for the student to have an excused absence for that school day.

Thursday, June 11 through Wednesday June 17, students will make up five of the nine missed school days. Students will dismiss early June 15-17.

Wicomico Schools plan to appeal to state education officials for a waiver of the remaining three missed school days. If the three-day waiver is not approved, Wicomico's school year would end on Monday, June 22.
The Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland outlines the process for school systems to request a waiver of missed days. In its waiver request, a school system must show it has either designed or modified its school calendar to make up missed days, and that the school system has extended the school year by five days to make up some missed days. Wicomico's waiver request will include the change of a professional day to a regular school day (April 7) and the extension of the school year by five days (June 11, 12, 15, 16, 17) to make up six of the nine missed days.

Bennett Middle School students will end the school year on Friday, June 5, as time is needed to relocate teachers, staff and equipment to the new Bennett Middle and to begin the decommissioning of the current Bennett Middle School.

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