District Spokeswoman Nancy Wait: Volusia County Schools finalize Hurricane Irma make-up plan

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELAND, Fla. -- The Department of Education is waiving a portion of the missed instructional time due to Hurricane Irma. 

As a result, Volusia County Schools will "only need to make up one full day and cancel three early release days to be in compliance with state law, district spokeswoman Nancy Wait told Headline Surfer.

Volusia County School District spokeswoman Nancy Wai / Headline SurferThe Department of Education is waiving a portion of the missed instructional time due to Hurricane Irma. 

As a result, Volusia County Schools will "only need to make up one full day and cancel three early release days to be in compliance with state law, district spokeswoman Nancy Wait told Headline Surfer.

The following changes will be made to the 2017-18 school calendar:

  • • Add Oct. 16, originally scheduled as a teacher duty day/student holiday, as a student day and the last day of the grading period;
  • • Cancel three early release days and use that time for instruction: Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

Other important information:

  • Sept. 27 - Midterm period ends;
  • Sept. 29 – Midterm report distribution;
  • Oct. 16 – First grading period ends;
  • Oct. 17 – First day of second grading period begins;
  • Oct. 23 - Grades available on ParentPortal;
  • Oct. 27 –Report card distribution.

The decision to not impact holidays was made because personal and family time is important in returning to normalcy, Wait explained. 

Schools were closed all last week in response to Irma, which passed through Central Florida on Sunday.

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