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Students in St. Mary’s are now scheduled to go to school next Monday, Presidents’ Day, as a snow makeup day.

The St. Mary’s school board approved the change at its Wednesday morning meeting.

Monday, Feb. 17, will be one of seven days public schools need to make up this year due to inclement weather closings. Other makeup days include five days previously built into the end of the school calendar in June and May 2, which was scheduled to be a professional day for school staff.

If classes are cancelled this week, or later in the winter, by more snow, another day will be tacked on to the end of the school year, making the last day of classes Friday, June 13. Monday, April 21 — the day after Easter — would also become a school day if another day beyond that is needed.

“We always err on the side of caution,” and cancel school for the safety of students on buses and in cars, Superintendent Michael Martirano said.

Student board member Peter Widmayer, a senior at Chopticon High School, said it makes more sense to have makeup days before big tests like the Maryland School Assessments, Advanced Placement and High School Assessments, rather than tacked on to the end of the school year.