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Classes resume this week for seven Florida school districts




Thinking that school is approaching too fast here in the Tampa Bay area? Well, just be glad you're not living in one of the seven counties where teachers have already done their planning and classes start this week.

Districts granted "high performing" status by the state have the option of beginning the academic year earlier than what statute otherwise requires (no sooner than two weeks prior to Labor Day). School boards for these seven have voted to get a jump start in the year, in part to get more learning done before the spring FCAT season.

Charlotte County leads the way, kicking off classes on Tuesday. Brevard, Citrus, Lee, Nassau, and Walton start on Wednesday, and Sumter welcomes students back on Thursday.

Here in the Tampa area, teachers officially head back to work next week, with kids getting back into the swing of things the week of Aug. 20. Enjoy the rest of the break.

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 2:22pm]


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