Due to the fourth most miserable winter in the history of weather history, the HCPSS had nine snow days this year. Problem of course is, it only had planned five snow days. Therefore, the HCPSS asked for a waiver of four snow days from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Typically, the MSDE agrees to counties' requests to provide waivers for snow days. But.... that was other years. This was the fourth most miserable winter in the history of weather history. And so recently, Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County have had their waiver requests.... DENIED!!! Which provides much sadness amongst not only the kiddies, but also parents who had planned vacations.
The HCPSS waiver request, as of the time of this writing, has yet to receive action from the MSDE. Will it be approved? Denied? Maybe partially approved?
For once, this is the sort of thing regarding which I can't even venture a guess. Although, I kind of think it's a good idea that kids have school for 180 days of instruction a year. Note I said "of instruction". Days spent mostly movie watching towards the end of the year don't count. They don't for me, at least. And I've complained about this before.
The state action will come any day now. I doubt that if the waiver is granted, that there will be much complaining. But if not, and the school year is extended, I expect to hear the anguished cries of many an aggrieved parent, what with an extended school year crashing into vacation or summer camp plans.
I've been in that situation as an HCPSS parent and to be honest, I can't say as I'm sympathetic. Or particularly mind. Maybe someone can convince me one way or the other on this?
Happy Ferret Day!
Let's be careful out there.