Today, October 3, 2017, The School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously approved utilizing two previously scheduled early release days – October 19, 2017, and December 22, 2017 – as makeup days for Hurricane Irma. There are no changes to winter break, spring break or the last day of school.
The School Board’s approval follows the recommendation presented by Superintendent Robert W. Runcie during the September 26, 2017, School Board meeting. The makeup days were selected in consideration of students, families and staff commitments for vacation and holidays scheduled around the school year calendar. The Hurricane Irma makeup days also reflect input from employee group representatives, including the Broward Teachers Union and other community stakeholders.
In addition to the makeup days, the School Board approved amending the school calendar to shift the start of the second quarter from Monday, October 23, 2017, to Monday, October 30, 2017, and the start of the third quarter from Tuesday, January 9, 2018, to Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
District schools were closed for seven days in preparation for and cleanup following Hurricane Irma. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced school districts could waive two of the closure days. By extending the two early release (October 19 and December 22) days to full instructional days, the District remains in compliance with the state’s requirements for instructional hours for the school year without the need for additional makeup days.
To view the amended 2017/18 school year calendar, visit browardschools.com/calendars.
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