State Superintendent of Schools Approves Wicomico's Three-Day Waiver Request; Last Day of School Will Be June 17
Maryland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery has notified Superintendent Dr. John Fredericksen that the request by Wicomico County Public Schools for a waiver of three missed school days has been approved, making it possible for Wicomico to end the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, June 17. The last three days (June 15, 16 and 17) will be early dismissal days. The state superintendent, in granting the waiver request, said Wicomico has met the minimum threshold for instructional hours, and that it has modified the school calendar to make up six of the nine days missed due to weather and road conditions.
Wicomico’s waiver request letter included the change of a professional day to a regular school day (April 7) and the extension of the school year by five days (June 11, 12, 15, 16, 17) to make up six of the nine missed days. The Board approved the following calendar revisions last month and at the March Board meeting:
Tuesday, March 31: Early dismissal day for students, with schools dismissing two hours early for students to give teachers time for professional development work. (This had previously been scheduled as a full school day, but is now an early dismissal day.)
Tuesday, April 7: Regular school day (Professional day on that date moved to June, after the end of the school year). Wicomico students and schools will now have a regular school day on Tuesday, April 7 to make up one missed day. April 7 had been scheduled as a professional day, with part of the day for SLOs (Student Learning Objectives). Now, teachers will have time on March 31 to work on their SLOs. Parents and guardians of students who will be absent on April 7 due to prior family plans must provide the school with written notice before April 7 for the student to have an excused absence for that school day.
Thursday, June 11-Wednesday, June 17: Wicomico students will make up five of the nine missed school days by attending on these days, as stated on the approved 2014-2015 calendar. June 15, 16 and 17 will be early dismissal days.
Friday, June 19: Last day for teachers
Note: Bennett Middle School students will end the school year on Friday, June 5, as time is needed to relocate teachers, staff and equipment to the new Bennett Middle and to begin the decommissioning of the current Bennett Middle School.