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Hillsborough schools adjust to make up 2 missed days during Hurricane Ian

Teachers will give up a planning day, and early release days will be extended to full days.
Shelters like this one at Durant High in preparation for Hurricane Ian caused many schools to close, leading to two missed days in Hillsborough County. The school district will make up for them by canceling one day off for students and turning several early-release days into full days.
Shelters like this one at Durant High in preparation for Hurricane Ian caused many schools to close, leading to two missed days in Hillsborough County. The school district will make up for them by canceling one day off for students and turning several early-release days into full days. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Oct. 6|Updated Oct. 7

Hillsborough County Public Schools will remain open during a planned student holiday and cancel six early-release days to make up the time lost to Hurricane Ian, officials announced Thursday.

The school district had asked the Florida Department of Education for leniency after schools closed for a week to provide shelter for people displaced by the hurricane. But when word came down that state officials wanted schools to stick to their required instructional hours, the district went ahead with its plan.

Because Hillsborough offers more hours than are required by the state, spokesperson Tanya Arja said the district needed to make up only two full days. It will do so by having students report to school on Oct. 17, which had been on the calendar as a teacher planning day in which students would have been off.

To make up the rest of the hours, schools will not close an hour early, as had been planned, on these dates: Nov. 7, 14 and 28, and Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

The schedule will allow a week off for Thanksgiving, as has become customary. Both of the district’s employee unions agreed to the plan, Arja said.

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