Prince George’s report cards will be handed out late because of snow days

In Loudoun County, midterm exams were canceled last week because of the snowstorm and the resulting icy roads. Now, Prince George’s County schools officials say the winter weather has affected when student report cards will be handed out.

The school system posted an alert on its Web site late Monday: “Due to the recent inclement weather days, report card distribution has been changed to February 5, 2014.”

Max Pugh, a spokesman for Prince George’s schools, said the report cards, which are printed by the school system, were supposed to be distributed on Thursday, Jan. 30. Instead, they will go out on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

“Days were lost,” Pugh said. “It delayed printing of the report cards and sorting and distribution to the schools.”

Prince George’s closed schools and offices for two days last week because of Tuesday’s snowstorm, then opened two hours late toward the end of the week. The district has closed school four times this school year because of weather, twice as many times as the district canceled classes in all of the 2012-13 school year.

This year’s early-winter storms have caused schools across the region to cancel school days at a higher rate than normal, with Loudoun and Fairfax counties also canceling twice as often this winter than all of last school year.

Loudoun, which builds more snow days into its calendar than most systems in the region, has canceled classes eight days this year and has opened on a delay four times.

Prince William County has shut its school doors seven times this year, for snow and for extremely cold temperatures. That is more than each of the past two years but still short of the 11 closures the county had in the 2009-10 school year, which included snow days for major storms such as the one dubbed “Snowmageddon.” That storm dropped 18 to 32 inches of snow on Feb. 5 and 6, 2010.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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