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Thanksgiving, winter breaks safe for Pasco County students, staff

The school district won’t ask anyone to make up time missed Tuesday during the planned vacations.
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
Published Sep. 6

The Pasco County school district’s student calendar might show hurricane makeup days smack dab in the planned Thanksgiving week off.

But district officials are telling parents, students and staff members not to worry about having the five-day break, or the two-week winter vacation, interrupted to account for the time missed Tuesday because of Hurricane Dorian preparations.

“We want to let them know they still have it,” district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said, referring to the full holiday schedule.

The district intends to ask the Florida Department of Education to waive the missed instructional time, as has been practice in past hurricanes. If the state doesn’t approve the request, Cobbe said, the administration will look at how it might adjust class schedules, perhaps canceling a future early release day or non-student day, to deal with the situation.

But those changes would not come until the second semester, she said. Much of the decision will rest on whether any additional hurricanes force more missed days of classes.

“We will make a final determination,” Cobbe said, "after hurricane season. "

The season ends Nov. 30, with the busiest time still ahead.

RELATED: Will schools have kids make up the lost hurricane day during Thanksgiving break?

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