Lo­cal schools mod­ify sched­ule after Irma to makeup missed days

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

Due to the land­fall of Hur­ri­cane Irma, both Mi­ami-Dade and Broward County Pub­lic Schools have made changes to their cal­en­dars to make up for the days stu­dents missed.

The School Board of Broward County unan­i­mously ap­proved uti­liz­ing two pre­vi­ously sched­uled early re­lease days – Oc­to­ber 19 and De­cem­ber 22 – as make-up days for Hur­ri­cane Irma. There are no changes to win­ter break, spring break or the last day of school.

The Broward School Board’s ap­proval fol­lows the rec­om­men­da­tion pre­sented by Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert W. Run­cie dur­ing the Septem­ber 26 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 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 to Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30 and the start of the third quar­ter from Tues­day, Jan­uary 9, 2018, to Tues­day, Jan­uary 16, 2018.

Broward’s 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 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. Mi­ami-Dade County Pub­lic Schools made changes to its Test­ing Calendar as a re­sult of days missed due to Irma.

It re­flects changes to the ad­min­is­tra­tion win­dows for the fol­low­ing pro­grams (only re­main­ing dates are listed):

• Florida Kin­der­garten Readi­ness As­sess­ment (FLKRS:STAR as­sess­ment) – ex­tended through Oc­to­ber 13

• FSA ELA Re­take Read­ing/Lis­ten­ing Com­po­nent – resched­uled through Oc­to­ber 13

• Florida Com­pre­hen­sive As­sess­ment Test (FCAT 2.0) Read­ing Re­take and Next Gen­er­a­tion Sun­shine State Stan­dards (NGSSS) EOCs resched­uled through Oc­to­ber 20

• Dis­trict ELA Writ­ing Test – resched­uled through Novem­ber 3 • Mid-Year As­sess­ments • ELA and Math­e­mat­ics – resched­uled Novem­ber 20 – De­cem­ber 22

• Sci­ence and So­cial Stud­ies MYA will re­main as sched­uled, Jan­uary 22, 2018 – Fe­bru­ary 16, 2018

To view Broward’s amended 2017-18 school year calendar, visit broward­schools.com/cal­en­dars.

To view the re­vised calendar for Mi­ami-Dade, visit http://oada.dade­schools.net/Test­ingCal­en­dar/Test­ingCal­en­dar.asp.

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