Feb. 19 will be a day of instruction for Queen Anne’s schools

CENTREVILLE — The Maryland State Board of Education on Jan. 23 approved Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ request to use Presidents Day — Monday, Feb. 19 — as a day of instruction for students.

QACPS built two holiday inclement weather contingency days into the 2023-24 calendar, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15) and Presidents Day, and included two additional days embedded at the end of the school year for potential weather-related makeup days.

Queen Anne’s schools were closed for inclement weather on Jan. 10 and Jan. 16.

“We are not certain what the remaining weeks of winter may bring,” a news release posted on the QACPS website states. “Utilizing February 19, 2024 as a day of instruction leaves one additional inclement weather day in our calendar, and will hopefully prevent the need to extend the school year in June for staff and students,” the news release states.

The Maryland State Department of Education requires schools to be open for 180 days of instruction.

QACPS can petition for a waiver of the required 180 days only after efforts have been made to make up the instruction, according to the news release.

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