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Baltimore City Schools release snow day make-up plan

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 15:44:57-05

BALTIMORE — Students in Baltimore City Public Schools may have to be in class on Presidents' Day to make up for a snow day last month.

City schools say because they closed on January 14 for bad weather, the currently designated day is on February 18, President's Day.

In a letter posted on their website, City Schools says they are working on finding another option so that students, staff, and families will not have to give up the long weekend. The decision will not be officially made until the next Board of Commissioners meeting on February 12 so they can vote on a calendar change which would extend the school year by one day in June.

City Schools cite Governor Larry Hogan's executive order requiring school to begin after Labor Day and end by June 15 as the reason for potentially losing the three-day weekend.

The letter continues to say, "If we do not have more bad weather between now and spring break, we are optimistic that we can keep Presidents’ Day as a holiday and also avoid taking days out of spring break. However, if we have more snow days in the coming weeks, that may not be possible."

Here is the snow make-up schedule if the district closes again due to snow or other emergencies:

  • For one day, Presidents' Day (February 18) will become a regular school day (please read above)
  • For two days, the first Monday of spring break (April 15) will be a regular school day
  • For three days, Tuesday of spring break (April 16) will be a regular school day
  • For four or more days, the school year will extend into the week of June 17

City officials say they will send out an update on February 12 to let the community know about the outcome of the Board vote.