2017-2018 Academic Calendar Revisions: Hurricane Make-Up Days And No Early-Release Wednesdays For Testing
2017-2018 Academic Calendar Revisions: Hurricane Make-Up Days
Posted on 09/21/2017
Calendar Graphic ImageHurricane Make-Up Days
Florida’s Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has invoked her authority to provide some relief for two of the days students missed for Hurricane Irma. In addition, Osceola School District staff has reviewed statutory requirements for instructional time in the current academic calendar, and has determined that adequate time is already built in to current school days to account for an additional two days of instruction. Because Osceola students missed a total of six days of instruction, Superintendent Debra Pace recommended that the district add two student days and move two planning days for teachers to satisfy state requirements.

The two approved additional days for students will be as follows:

Friday, December 22

Friday, May 25

These two additional days for students will allow for "clean endings" on Fridays for both first and second semester. Teacher planning originally scheduled on those days will move to Friday, January 5, and Tuesday, May 29.
 
Superintendent Pace's recommendation of the revised calendar was board approved on October 3, 2017.

The revised calendar can be viewed by clicking here.
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No Early Release Of Osceola County Students On Six Wednesdays
First Date: On October 11, 2017, students will not be released early from school

The Osceola School District is planning ahead by allowing students to have a full day of school on the Wednesdays for fall and spring SAT Days, as well as for when statewide tests will be administered. As such, parents and students should be advised that there will be no early release of students from school on the following Wednesdays:

October 11, 2017

March 7, 2018

April 18, 2018

April 25, 2018

May 2, 2018

May 9, 2018


Students will be dismissed from school on these days as they normally would on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. By allowing for a full day of school on these Wednesdays during testing, it allows more flexibility of the school-wide testing schedule. Schools will now have options to build in more opportunities for breaks between the different testing sessions to allow students to stretch, relax, and refocus.
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