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Hillsborough students do not need to make up hurricane days

Schools closed in Hillsborough County, and throughout the region, when Hurricane Hermine hit on Sept. 1 and 2. But because of Hillsborough's slightly longer school hours, no make-up days will be required.
Schools closed in Hillsborough County, and throughout the region, when Hurricane Hermine hit on Sept. 1 and 2. But because of Hillsborough's slightly longer school hours, no make-up days will be required.
Published Sep. 16, 2016

Students in Hillsborough County go to school for a long enough day to avoid having to make up this month's hurricane days.

That's the word from Superintendent Jeff Eakins, who did the math in this letter to the state Department of Education.

Here's the streamlined version:

The state requires students to attend 180 days or the hourly equivalent. That breaks down to 720 hours for grades K-3 and 900 for grades 4 - 12.

In Hillsborough, even after early release days for teacher planning, high school exam days, and the two days off for Hurricane Hermine, students are on track to complete 945.5 hours of instruction in grades K-5, 991.2 for grades 6 -11, and 944.5 for graduating seniors.