Summer break is not going to start quite as soon as some students had hoped.
The State School Board of Education voted on requests for waivers and extensions by eight counties, and Baltimore City, in an effort to make up snow days. WMAR-2 News has confirmation on a couple of the votes made on Tuesday, and are still working on a few others.
Baltimore County Public Schools have confirmed their request for an eight-hour waiver for high school students has been approved. And Baltimore City Schools says their request to extend the school year by two days has also been approved, meaning that the last day of class is now Tuesday, June 19.
Several other counties put in requests for waivers. Kent and Cecil Counties were looking for a one-day waiver, and Howard and Queen Anne's Counties were asking for a two-day waiver. The superintendent of Schools, Karen Salmon, recommended that Kent County's request be approved, and the other three be denied.
At this time, we don't have confirmation from the schools that the State School Board voted in line with the recommendations.
Schools are struggling to find the days to make up for snow days they've had to use this year because of the changes made to the calendar by Governor Hogan. He signed into law in 2016 that schools must now start after Labor Day and end by June 15.
The General Assembly did pass an emergency bill to allow districts to extend the year by five days without approval of the school board.