Officials in both Pasco and Hernando county schools have announced plans aimed at avoiding makeup days for classes missed when rains and flooding associated with Hurricane Hermine pummeled the gulf coast.
Meeting Tuesday afternoon, top Pasco district 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. Students could have faced a shorter Thanksgiving holiday break, if the makeup days on the adopted calendar were used.
Employees will be paid their base salaries for Thursday and Friday, and will not be charged any leave time if they had been scheduled to use vacation, sick or other types of leave.
"Please be aware that should any additional student contact time be lost this semester, the District will likely be forced to explore make-up options," assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley wrote in a memo to all employees. "We hope that we do not need to face that situation, as we know that any such changes would be a disruption for students, staff, and parents."
The Hernando school district, meanwhile, will request a waiver of the required minutes from the Florida Department of Education, spokeswoman Karen Jordan told the Times.
"Pending the results, the district will make a determination as to make-up days for staff which are identified on the staff calendar," Jordan said.
Hillsborough and Pinellas county school districts have not released any information about makeup days.