11 Pasco County Schools adjusting daily schedules to make up for hurricane days

(WFLA) – Tampa Bay area schools are announcing their plans to make up school days lost to Hurricane Irma.

Polk County Schools will not be making up days for the hurricane. Eleven schools are adjusting their bell schedules to add additional student contact minutes for the rest of the school year.

Schools will make the following changes beginning on Monday:

  • Ridgewood High School – Decreasing lunch passing by 2 minutes and adding that time to first period
  • JW Mitchell High School – Starting 2 minutes earlier (8:28 a.m.)Sunlake High School – Starting 2 minutes earlier (7:28 a.m.)
  • Wiregrass Ranch High School – Starting 2 minutes earlier (7:23 a.m.)
  • Pasco High School – Starting 5 minutes earlier (7:30 a.m.) and dismissing 3 minutes later (1:58 p.m.)
  • Hudson Middle School – Taking 1 minute from homeroom and adding it to the academic schedule
  • Weightman Middle School – Taking 2 minutes from homeroom and adding it to the academic schedule
  • Centennial Middle School – Starting 5 minutes earlier (8:35 a.m.) and taking 3 minutes from homeroom to add to the academic schedule
  • Bayonet Point Middle School – Starting 3 minutes earlier (8:37 a.m.) and dismissing 3 minutes later (2:53 p.m.)
  • Rushe Middle School – Adjusting homeroom and lunch periods to increase instructional time by 8 minutes
  • Marchman Technical College – Starting 5 minutes earlier (7:45 a.m.) and dismissing 10 minutes later (2 p.m.)

The schools are adding time to class schedules by having shorter time between class periods, reducing the length of home room, or starting or dismissing later.

Pinellas County Schools will need to hold three make-up days during the 2017-2018 school year to make up for time lost during the storm.

The first make-up day for Pinellas is Monday, October 16.

The other two dates have not yet been determined.

Polk County Public Schools will use its six remaining early release days for the school year to make up time lost due to Hurricane Irma.

The scheduled early dismissal days that are now full school days are as followed:

  • Oct. 11, 2017
  • Nov. 15, 2017
  • Jan. 24, 2018
  • Feb. 7, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

The state already waived two days for all schools.

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