Word on the PGCPS streets is that if the county gets more snow days, schools with have to exchange the last days of spring break. Who really wants their vacation being taken away? Obviously no one. The real question is, though, why do schools have to trade off spring break days for snow days they cannot prevent?
Since returning from winter break, PGCPS has had roughly four two-hour delays and a two canceled school days because of icy streets, snow, and terribly cold mornings down to 8°F.
The school system would sometimes, however, cancel school out of the random when no one is paying attention, sometimes as late as 6:30am when some students have already started to leaving for school.
While it may be annoying that the announcements come a little late, it’s even more troubling to some students that days must be made up for weather no one can control.
February 9 was supposed to be a day off for students, but because of the snow days, it was taken away.
Many students are reluctant to come to school during their spring break.
“I think it’s unfair because we’ve only missed two days of school and it’s now our fault that’s the weather is all crazy,” said sophomore Yesenia Viveros. “I would honestly add days to the summer because spring break is already short and to have it get shortened even more because of a snow days? So, yeah add to the summer.”
The problem with Viveros’ suggestion to just take away from the first days of summer break is that it is literally impossible.
According to an executive order passed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, summer will extend until Labor Day and school must end no later than June 15. Meaning, breaks during the school year will shorten if necessary to make up a full 180 days. Enforcing this law is helping schools start late so the buildings wouldn’t run into air conditioning issues. Hogan said “school after Labor Day is now the law of the land in Maryland”.
This is the first school year of Hogan’s mandated start and end dates since school started last school year in August and ended in early to mid-June. Although starting late sounds great to students, knowing that they may have to give up some of their breaks for a late start.
“We shouldn’t get them taken out of spring break or any other break that isn’t during the summer,” said Viveros.