Icy Day Could Chip Away MCPS Students’ Summer Vacation
MCPS Spokesman Dana Tofig told MyMCMedia Monday that today is the first non-built-in snow day, meaning this one triggers the school system’s contingency plan. But, with a forecast later this week for more wintry mix, students might not know what will happen to their summer vacation until this winter shakes out.
Tofig wrote in an email to MyMCMedia, “We will have to see how the rest of the winter goes to determine if we will seek a state waiver. Last year, MCPS did earn a waiver from the state to allow for less than the state mandated instructional days.
According to the Montgomery County Public Schools calendar, the school system will add days onto the end of the school year, unless a waiver is granted by the Maryland State Department of Education. MCPS will not open on holidays, reduce spring break or cancel negotiated professional days.
The contingency plan, indicating when days will be made up if the number of emergency closings exceeds four days, is as follows, according to the MCPS website. If the school year is disrupted by emergencies and schools are closed—
5 days—the school year will be extended by one day to Monday, June 15, 2015;
6 days—the school year will be extended by two days to June 15 and June 16, 2015;
7 days—the school year will be extended by three days to June 15, 16 and 17, 2015;
8 days—the school year will be extended by four days to June 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2015; and
9 days—the school year will be extended by five days to June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2015.