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Officials may extend Baltimore County Public School day by 15 minutes

Posted at 8:36 AM, Sep 20, 2018

The school day could be getting a little longer for students in Baltimore County Public Schools.

There's a proposal to extend the school day by 15 minutes, and on Thursday night you can share your thoughts with the county's Board of Education.

The reason for the proposal is so the school district can meet the hour and day requirements mandated by the state.

The proposal was made by a subcommittee of the Baltimore County Public Schools School Day Taskforce whose job is to look into things like the length of the school day, as well as start and end times. The idea is to extend the school day by 15 minutes which would add 45 hours to the school year.

If approved, the extension would allow the district to build in more days for bad weather, and keep the week-long spring break intact.

Two years ago, Governor Hogan signed an executive order into law requiring schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 15. That has been a struggle for some districts, especially when they have a lot of snow days to make up.

If you want to make a comment about this plan, you can come here to the county Board of Education's Greenwood Campus off North Charles Street. It starts at 6 p.m. in building A.

Each speaker will be given three minutes to share their thoughts.