Spring break restored in Prince George’s County

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Prince George’s County Public Schools students’ spring break was shortened due to closings related to weather; but thanks to a school board motion, they will get the full week after all.

Citizens attend the Prince George’s County school board meeting Thursday, March 29, 2018, to discuss spring break and other issues. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

A motion to restore spring break to a full week was passed Thursday night by the Prince George’s County School Board, to applause and cheers from the audience.

“Our students, employees and their families appreciate the Board’s action and the state’s willingness to add flexibility to the school calendar,” said Kevin M. Maxwell, Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, in a news release.

At the Maryland General Assembly yesterday, lawmakers approved a bill allowing school districts to extend the school year by five days without state approval. But the House passed it as emergency legislation, so that it can take effect immediately upon becoming law.

The Senate has yet to do the same, but it is scheduled to meet on Friday.

A spokesperson said Gov. Larry Hogan will sign the bill once it reaches his desk.

Students will return to school April 9.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter and anchor at WTOP.

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