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PGCPS Adjusts Snow Plan to Reflect New Calendar

Bessie Huang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The Post-Labor Day school calendar enacted earlier this year currently lists the last day of school for students as June 15, and for teachers as June 20. In the footnotes, the county states that the last days for students and teachers are subject to change. It also specifies the protocol for making up days not formally accounted for:

“Two inclement weather make-up days are built into the school calendar. If one day is used, the last day for students will be June 14 and the last day for teachers will be June 19. If no days are used, the last day for students will be June 13 and the last day for teachers will be June 18.”

If more than two days, however, must missed to inclement weather this year, “the following non-school days may be used as make-up days: February 9, April 5 and April 6.”

February 9, 2018 is currently marked as Professional Development Day on the calendar, with school off for students. If it is used instead as compensation for inclement weather, teachers would have to give up a professional development day and the students would have to attend school.

April 5 and 6 may also be inconvenient days to miss, for a different reason – they are the last two days of spring break. A shorter spring break may mean less time to travel with family, prepare for standardized tests, or simply to recuperate from school. “We get to power through the school year…but at what cost? [Less] spring break…just means more stress,” said junior Brooke Goggins. “I think the idea of a longer summer seemed great at the time. However, nobody really took into account what that meant for the rest of the year.”

Some students prefer the new calendar, or at least, do not oppose it. Senior Ciara Haith said that she wouldn’t mind “having a shorter spring break…I would rather have a shorter spring break than a shorter summer.”

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