Schools opening for two days during spring break

Schools opening for two days during spring break

Charles County Public Schools will open for students and teachers for two days during spring break – Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery today approved a modified waiver request for three inclement weather days, leaving the school system with two days of instruction time to make up. The state denied the school system’s initial waiver request for five days.

Schools will be closed for spring break April 16-21 and reopen on Tuesday, April 22. Administrative offices are closed Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21. The school system has used 10 inclement weather days this school year, of which only four are built into the calendar. The school system opened Presidents’ Day to make up for one lost instructional day, leaving five days to make up.

Students who are absent from school on April 14 and/or April 15 should submit a note to the school upon their return to school. The note should indicate the reason for absence so it can be properly coded.

Some students may be absent due to plans made to take advantage of the expected spring break. Students who have arranged college tours, family trips, etc., would be experiencing a set of circumstances which, in the judgment of the superintendent or designee, constitutes a good and sufficient cause for an excused absence from school.

Maryland law requires schools to operate 180 days for students each school year. The school system builds four inclement weather days into its calendar each year, which are deleted from the end of the year if not used. All have been used this year, making Wednesday, June 18 the last day of school for students. The Maryland State Board of Education last week provided Dr. Lowery with the ability to approve local waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. Waivers are generally granted in extreme cases and when school systems have made efforts to make up missed days.

Additionally, four two-hour early dismissal days were changed to full days of school for students to make up for lost instructional time. Students made up two hours on March 19. Other two-hour early dismissal days that are now full days for students are Friday, April 25, Wednesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 21.

Two-hour early dismissal days on April 1, June 13, June 16, June 17 and June 18 remain as early dismissal days for students. A decision regarding any make-up days for teachers will be made after school system administrators collaborate with the Education Association of Charles County (EACC).

Information regarding inclement weather make-up dates is published on the Charles County Public Schools website,, and on page 10 of the Charles County Public Schools 2013-14 Parent Handbook/Calendar. Schools were closed due to snow and ice storms on Dec. 10, Jan. 10, Jan. 21, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 13, Feb. 14, March 3, March 4 and March 17. Delayed openings or early closings do not affect the use of inclement weather days.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.


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