BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- School systems in Maryland can apply to waive up to three snow days this year.
After a winter that saw many systems delay and cancel classes because of snow and ice, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Lillian Lowery to make case-by-case decisions on waivers from the state's 180-day requirement.
The board also asked that each system's waiver request include an outline of calendar changes made to meet students' instructional needs.
“Instructional time is critically important as educators throughout the State work to strengthen student achievement,” said Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of the state Board of Education. “But the reality is that our systems were forced this winter to make some tough closing decisions for the safety of their students and staff. That required us to take this important step.”
So far, officials say 11 school systems have requested waivers, but others may make requests in coming weeks. There's no timetable for decisions on the requests.
The board has already allowed four school systems to open on the Monday after Easter, a state school holiday, to make up some of the lost time.