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Pasco families might need to rethink 2017 spring break plans because of testing



Every year, the Pasco County School Board aims to adopt its future academic calendars early, to give parents time to plan their days off.

So the board approved its 2016-17 calendar back in November, with no comment or concern. But nearly six months later, it's having to revise the plan because of state testing schedules.

After the board set its spring break as March 18-27, 2017, the Florida Department of Education established a testing calendar that set March 27 as the first day of the third-grade language arts Florida Standards Assessment.

The department later alerted districts of "decreased flexibility with the scheduling of state standardized assessments for the 2016-2017 school year," Pasco officials noted. 

That means the Pasco Board will have to consider changing its spring break so students are in school on March 27, adding instead March 17 -- the Friday before the official vacation -- as a student day off and teacher planning day. The School Board is set to take up the amendment on Tuesday.

Any parents who already made plans for that day off will then have to adjust.

Live in other districts? Check your calendars. Pinellas and Hillsborough don't have the issue, their boards having scheduled spring break a week earlier than Pasco's.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:46am]


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