Last day of school in Prince William will be a short day

After pushing back the last day of school to make up for snow days, Prince William County officials announced that it will be a short day for most students.

Barring any further changes to the calendar, elementary and middle-school students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, June 19. And high schoolers will be dismissed at 10 a.m.

Prince William County schools lost nearly three full instructional weeks due to snow and ice this year. In response, the school board voted to shorten elementary recess by five minutes and to add 10 minutes to the school day at all levels starting March 31. The board also turned Easter Monday and a teacher work day into regular school days, and extended the school year by two days.

Prince William schools spokesman Phil Kavits said officials had intended to make the new last day of school a short day, but they did not want to make the final call too soon.

“We were a little worried about announcing prematurely that it had stopped snowing,” he said.

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.
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