Some local schools to shorten year


May 22, 2002, midnight | By Nora Toiv | 18 years, 8 months ago

Many local school systems shorten year because of unused snow days; MCPS will not


According to the Washington Post, schools throughout the D.C. area are getting out early because of the lack of snow days.

Montgomery County is one of the school systems that is not letting their schools out. Systems in Alexandria City and Fairfax County are letting students out early while counties such as Prince George's and Howard did not build any snow days into the year and so have none to give back.

Montgomery County Schools spokesman Brian Porter said that letting students out early will generate problems and that students will just have to deal with the extra days as planned. "Turning 137,000 young people loose on a day that was not scheduled and planned for creates a ripple through many aspects of life around the county," Porter commented. "[Students] are just going to be in school those extra days," he said.

Junior Jen Sindall does not agree with the county's decision. "If we had, had snow days we would have had those days off anyway so what's the difference," said Sindall. "It is unfair that the other counties get out early," she said.

Junior Sara Furlow said that the county cannot "punish us for the weather" and that Montgomery County should "follow the example of other counties."



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