Although a final decision may not be made until Friday, Hurricane Irma could cost Manatee County students part of their Thanksgiving break.
The School District of Manatee County lost six school days when the hurricane hit the area on Sept. 10 and must make up four of them, Superintendent Diane Greene confirmed Tuesday night at a school board meeting.
The Florida Department of Education has waived two required days of school to help districts after the storm, Greene told the school board.
One option is to use the three “hurricane makeup” days already on the school calendar, which are Nov. 20, 21 and 22, just before Thanksgiving on Nov. 23, Greene said.
“We will make a decision by the end of the week,” Greene added.
Sarasota County students will not have to make up six days they missed, Sarasota Superintendent Todd Bowden announced Wednesday in a message sent to parents and employees.
“I’m happy to report that Sarasota County public schools will not need to make up any of these days,” Bowden said. “The reason is that we already have 30 minutes a day of additional instruction. The relevant state school board rule says Florida K-12 schools need to be in session for no fewer than 180 teaching days or no fewer than 900 instructional hours.”
“We have the extra half-hour of instruction each day because of the additional referendum dollars that have been approved by voters every four years since 2002,” Bowden added. “Our additional hours of instruction will make up for the extra storm days.”