Hillsborough County Public Schools will convert four Early Release Days into regular school days to make up for missed classroom time due to Hurricane Irma.
School will NOT dismiss an hour early on these Mondays: October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th. Those will be full-length days.
This change to these four Monday Early Release Days in a row will allow students at all grade levels to meet the state’s requirements for time spent in class during the first semester.
Seven school days were missed because of Hurricane Irma. But Hillsborough County Public Schools builds additional instructional time into its calendar each year. That extra time allows our district to make up all of its state-required time with this change of making four Early Release Days into normal days.
Changing Early Release Days was the most popular option by far in a survey directed toward district staff last week, with 78% of respondents saying it was their preferred option to make up for missed time.
The district’s leadership recognizes that Early Release Days provide valuable planning time for teachers, so this option was coordinated with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, to make sure it would preserve other teacher work days and vacation days, while also allowing our students to get the class time they need.
EXTENDED READING TIMES (ERT) CHANGES ONLY:
To make up for missed classroom time due to Hurricane Irma, Extra Reading Time schools will use their normal Tuesday through Friday schedules on four Mondays in a row, starting October 23rd.
Instead of dismissing at 1:15 and 3:20 for different grade levels, all grades will dismiss at 2:25 on October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th.
This change to these four consecutive Mondays will allow students at all grade levels to meet the state’s requirements for time spent in class during the first semester.
The Tribune, Sept. 18, 2014, Metro section, page 1: Robinson High student produces snapshot of 1931. CONGRATS to Mary Elizabeth Johnson: http://tbo.com/news/politics/robinson-student-bring-digital-life-to-yesterdays-central-avenue-20140917/ The map is available at: tampacentralave.org
The Tribune, Sept. 5, 2014, Metro section, page 2: Robinson High makes list of best schools… in the nation in preparing students for college, according to a list of rankings released last week by U.S. News and World Report… The highest-ranking public high school in the Tampa area, Robinson comes in at 26th in Florida… is ranked 468th nationally. The South Tampa school has a strong focus on preparing students for college and careers through its International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement offerings and career and technical opportunities, according to a Hillsborough County school district announcement.
More information on the history of Port Tampa City and our schools is included in the book Port Tampa City – A History of Change, in the reference section of the Port Tampa City Library.