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The last day of school for Prince George’s public school students will be Friday, June 13, as students will need to make up six snow days following the approval of a two-day waiver from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The last day of school was originally scheduled for June 5, barring any school closings due to inclement weather. The school calendar allowed for the school year to be extended by four days to make up for any closings; however, schools have closed a total of eight snow days so far this school year. With the waiver, the academic year will be extended six days, with the last day being a half day.

Only the state education department can approve waivers for school closings in an effort to fulfill a state mandate of providing 180 days of instruction per year.

“Really, they’re giving us 178 school days, and then they’re including two free days with the waiver,” said school system spokesman Max Pugh.

The school system had originally applied for a four-day waiver, but that request was denied, Pugh said.

The last time PGCPS was granted a waiver was in 2010, when the school system was granted a five-day waiver for nine severe weather days missed during the school year, according to Pugh.

janfenson-comeau@gazette.net