Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa defended his decision to keep the county’s public schools open for a full day today, saying that arranging buses for a half-day schedule would have been logistically impossible.
Several teachers complained on social media Tuesday that being required to work a full day gave them too little time to prepare their homes for Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to hit Palm Beach County Thursday.
Requiring teachers to teach a full day was doubly unfair, some said, since parents were told their students would have an excused absence if they chose to stay home.
At a news conference today, Avossa said that the school district doesn’t have a transportation plan that can accommodate a half-day schedule for all of the school district’s roughly 169,000 students, 60,000 of whom ride school buses.
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