We want to update you on the status of our missed instructional days due to Hurricane Ian. District leaders have been reviewing the Student Calendar and working with state education leaders to determine how many school days must be made up.
By state law, for students to receive full credit for their classes, they must fulfill a minimum number of hours in class each semester. State requirements do not allow districts to utilize instructional time from the second semester to make up for days missed in the first semester. Hillsborough County Public Schools prepares for situations like this by building extra instructional time into our academic calendar. It has been determined we must only makeup two school days.
In order to preserve the entire week off for Thanksgiving Break, we have identified the following days as makeup:
Monday, October 17 will be a full student day (not Early Release) instead of a teacher planning day
We will extend six Early Release Days into full school days.
Through collaboration with our employee unions, the following Mondays will now become full school days:
District leaders explored multiple scenarios including requesting the Florida Department of Education waive the missed instructional hours; however, the state has directed all school districts to use available time in their academic calendars to maintain statutory requirements.
We believe this plan will have the least impact on our families and allow for a much-needed week off at Thanksgiving, while also providing students with the instructional time they need to be successful.