11 Pasco County schools get schedule changes to make up missed time from Irma
First, the good news. Pasco County families won't see their Thanksgiving break shortened to make up time missed from school during Hurricane Irma.
Nov. 20-21 had been on the school district calendar as potential hurricane makeup dates.
In fact, the district won't be canceling any planned days off at all. Still, some but not all schools must add extra time into their schedules, even after the Florida Department of Education waived two of the required 180 days of instructional time for 2017-18.
Those 11 schools will adjust their bell schedules for the remainder of the academic year to meet the mandated student contact time. Some will shorten their passing periods between classes, while some will shorten the time students have for lunch. Others will change their start or end times, none except Marchman Technical College by more than five minutes.
The changes, which take effect Monday, are:
Ridgewood High School - Decreasing lunch passing by 2 minutes and adding that time to first period.
JW Mitchell High School - Starting 2 minutes earlier (8:28 a.m.).
Sunlake High School - Starting 2 minutes earlier (7:28 a.m.).
Wiregrass Ranch High School - Starting 2 minutes earlier (7:23 a.m.).
Pasco High School - Starting 5 minutes earlier (7:30 a.m.) and dismissing 3 minutes later (1:58 p.m.).
Hudson Middle School - Taking 1 minute from homeroom and adding it to the academic schedule.
Weightman Middle School - Taking 2 minutes from homeroom and adding it to the academic schedule.
Centennial Middle School - Starting 5 minutes earlier (8:35 a.m.) and taking 3 minutes from homeroom to add to the academic schedule.
Bayonet Point Middle School - Starting 3 minutes earlier (8:37 a.m.) and dismissing 3 minutes later (2:53 p.m.).
Rushe Middle School - Adjusting homeroom and lunch periods to increase instructional time by 8 minutes.
Marchman Technical College - Starting 5 minutes earlier (7:45 a.m.) and dismissing 10 minutes later (2 p.m.).
Every school is affected differently because each has a different master schedule for classes. The district decided not to make mass changes to all schools.
District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe reminded that the vacation schedule could change if the district is forced to cancel any more class days.