No hurricane makeup days for Palm Beach County’s public schools



Palm Beach County’s public school students will not have to make up the two days they missed last week because of Hurricane Matthew.

The school district announced today that the county’s schools will not schedule any hurricane makeup days to recoup lost time on Thursday and Friday, when classes were canceled.

The reason: The district plans to take advantage of the fact that its schools already provide more classroom time each year than the state requires, giving them flexibility to lose two school days without falling below the state minimums.

In a letter on Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Avossa alerted state education officials to the district’s plan.

“The Palm Beach County school calendar provides additional instructional time above and beyond state requirements,” Avossa wrote. “With your approval, our District intends to utilize the additional instructional time built into our school calendar to offset the two school days lost to the storm.”

That means there still is no school on Friday, Oct. 21, a day off that had been slated as a potential hurricane makeup day.

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