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Montgomery County Public Schools is sticking with its snow day waiver request — for now.

The Maryland State Board of Education decided Tuesday that school districts can ask that up to five days missed due to bad weather be waived, but Montgomery County is still asking for a four-day waiver, according to Dana Tofig, a spokesman for the county school system.

The school system, however, remains undecided as to whether or not it will ask the state to waive the additional day, Tofig said.

County students have had ten wintery days off this school year — six days more than the four days the school system built into the school calendar.

The state requires school districts to hold 180 instruction days.

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr sent the four-day waiver request to State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery nearly two weeks before the state school board’s decision and a few days before the school system’s latest snow day on March 17.

If the school system were granted its current waiver request, it would need to make up two instruction days. As of Tuesday, the system planned to add one day to its school calendar if granted a waiver but wasn’t yet sure about the second day.

The school system will either ask that it be waived or decide to make it up as well, Tofig said.

“Hopefully we will hear from the state soon and will be able to set a final calendar for the rest of the school year,” Tofig said in an email.

Lowery will make the call on each school system’s waiver request, though no deadline has yet been set for those decisions.

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