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WCPS to end school year on June 8

April 06, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools will end the 2009-2010 school year on schedule, despite canceling classes for eight days last winter because of inclement weather.

Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael told the Washington County Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday that the last day of school would be June 8 -- unless a flood, tornado or other natural disaster prompts another closure.

"Right now, parents can count on June 8 being the last day for students," he said.

Michael said the system won't need to ask for a state waiver to deviate from the 180-day student calendar because officials planned to use as many as eight snow days this year.

He said officials also took into account that a waiver would reduce instruction time by shortening the academic year.

"The kids deserve those days of education," Michael said.

Graduation ceremonies also will be held on schedule.

Michael said evening graduations on June 3 will proceed as planned, and daytime graduations will be held June 4.

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Boonsboro High School, North Hagerstown High School, Smithsburg High School and South Hagerstown High School will be closed June 4 to accommodate daytime graduations, he said. Classes will resume June 7 at all schools.

Michael said the last day for teachers will be June 9.

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