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Montgomery County Schools Apply For Waiver After Snow Cancellations

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Montgomery County Public Schools have applied for a waiver to avoid extending the school year by a full week due to this year's extra snow days.

Superintendent Joshua Starr appealed to Lillian Lowery, state superintendent of schools, for permission to cut the 2013-2014 school year four days short. The state requires 180 days of instruction.

Instead, the County would add just one day to the school year. Starr says the school system would still meet the number of instructional hours required by the state.

MCPS scheduled 184 days of instruction this year, including four days for possible cancellations due to bad weather. But there have been nine days canceled this year due to snow and ice.

Without a waiver, the school year will have to extend by five days, from June 12 to June 19.

Montgomery County schools are closed again Monday in response to the winter storm.

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