Pinellas still doesn't know how it will make up hurricane days
Pinellas County Schools is still "examining the options" on how to make up two school days lost to Hurricane Hermine more than one week after officials from Pasco and Hernando counties, which received the brunt of the storm compared to the rest of the Tampa Bay area, announced plans of how their districts will manage.
Pasco leaders determined that schools have enough student contact time built into their existing calendar to avoid using planned hurricane days or adding minutes to other days. Hernando's school district is requesting a waiver of the required minutes from the state.
And Hillsborough, which has a slightly longer school day than Pinellas, is verifying that its teaching hours will be enough to avoid making up days.
Meanwhile in Pinellas, the district is staying mum on what its plans are or what is being considered to make up for the days. When asked for an explanation of the delay, no information was provided.
"All options are being examined," wrote district spokeswoman Lisa Wolf in an email, adding that she would provide information when it became available.
Pinellas' staff calendar has set aside Oct. 12, a teacher planning day, and Nov. 21, a Thanksgiving holiday, as designated hurricane days.