September 19, 2017 – Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, waived two days of instructional time as a result of required school closures due to Hurricane Irma. The memo below offers specific information for districts. No specific guidance has been issued for charter school that are unable to make up all the hours of lost instruction.
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For the communities that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma, it may not be feasible to make up all the hours of lost instruction. Given how critical instructional hours are to the success of each student, districts must make up as many of the lost instructional hours as possible. However, if the school board concludes that it is not feasible, please complete the attached “Application for a Reduction in the Required Instructional Hours.” The department will deem a completed application to be a request for the consideration of the Commissioner and the State Board of Education to reduce the required instructional hours, as well as a request for a waiver of Rule 6A-1.09533, Florida Administrative Code, under section 120.542, F.S., to the extent that such a waiver is needed. The deadline for the submission of applications is Monday, October 16, 2017.