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Some students traded in their pencils for sleds Tuesday as a snow day allowed them to not have to take state-mandated Maryland School Assessments.

Students are not off the hook, however, as the school system rescheduled the assessments for later this week.

Tuesday, March 4, marks the system’s ninth missed school day for inclement weather.

There are four built-in snow days in the calendar that do not have to be made up, and one day already has been made up as students were in school on Presidents Day, which was a previously scheduled day off for students. There are now four school days that need to be made up.

Additional inclement weather days will be added to spring break in the following order: April 14, 15, 16 and 17, according to the school system calendar.

Any decision to waive a missed day would have to be requested by Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill to the Maryland State Department of Education for its approval.

The MSAs also will be made up.

Students in grades 3 through 8 now will take the reading MSAs on Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, according to information provided by the school system. MSA reading testing originally was scheduled to begin Tuesday. The change affects both MSA online and paper testing.

The changes will not affect math MSA testing. Students in grades 3 through 8 are scheduled to take the math MSA on March 11 and 12.

gphillips@somdnews.com