Prince George’s County schools receive a two-day waiver for snow days

Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery agreed Thursday to waive two instructional days that were lost in Prince George’s County to inclement weather this winter.

With the two-day waiver granted, the last day of school for students in Prince George’s will be June 13, school officials said Thursday.

Prince George’s had originally requested a four-day waiver from the state mandate of providing 180 days of instruction each year. The school district canceled classes eight times because of snowy weather.

Lowery rejected the original proposal early Thursday. Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell submitted a revised request, asking for half as many days.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said Prince George’s was prepared for Lowery’s denial.

“We didn’t have high hopes after all the others were denied,” Pugh said.

In recent days, Lowery has rejected Anne Arundel County’s four-day request and Montgomery County’s five-day request.

Because of timing, Prince George’s decided not to take any days away from spring break. County schools will be closed from April 14 to April 21.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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