County Board of Ed votes to restore spring break

The County Board of Education voted to restore spring break. Schools will be closed April 2-6.

From a PGCPS press release: The Prince George’s County Board of Education unanimously approved a motion to fully restore spring break and close schools next week, April 2-6. Students will return to school on Monday, April 9.

State legislation put forward by Sen. Nancy J. King would allow school systems to extend the school year five days beyond June 15, the current last day for students, without receiving a waiver from the state Board of Education. Once signed by the governor, the law will allow Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) more options to meet state requirements for the number of hours and days for students.

“Our students, employees and their families appreciate the board’s action and the state’s willingness to add flexibility to the school calendar,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer.

Five inclement weather makeup days were built into the approved 2017-2018 School Calendar, including two at the end of fourth quarter (June 14 and 15); one on the February 9 professional development day; and two during spring break (April 5 and 6). Maxwell withdrew his proposal to add an additional inclement weather makeup day on April 4 to make up the lost day of instruction due to inclement weather on March 22.

PGCPS plans to extend the school year to June 20, contingent on the governor signing state legislation into law, rather than open schools on April 4, 5 and 6. The bill that passed in Annapolis this week does not change the post-Labor day start for schools.

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