Alachua County Public Schools announces make-up days for Hurricane Idalia

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Public Schools will be using two days in December to make up for the two instructional days lost to Hurricane Idalia.

The two days school will now be in session are Thursday, December 21, and Friday, December 22. Both were designated as ‘flex days’ in the 2023-24 school year and approved by the School Board in February. 

Flex days are built into the school year calendar in case the district has to make up days lost to severe weather or other emergencies. Alachua County Public Schools has been incorporating flex days into its school year calendars for several years.

Make-up days are necessary to meet state requirements for instructional time.

The use of the December 21 and December 22 flex days as regular school days will still leave two full weeks for the Winter Holiday, which will run from Monday, December 25, through Friday, January 5.

School year calendars are developed by the district in collaboration with the Alachua County Education Association and are typically approved in February or March for the following school year. 

A notice about the make-up days will be sent to families this afternoon through email and phone and through text for those parents/guardians who have opted in to the district’s text messaging system.

  • What a surprise, they instantly cancel school unnecessarily for a storm not even a fraction as strong as normal daily summer thunderstorms, and the flex days are coincidentally scheduled to affect families that celebrate Christmas.

    • They cancelled on the side of safety for the children and conditions that restricted and may have impacted transportation.
      That being said, I’m in agreement the first day cancelled was needless, second was hopefully only for the reasons mentioned above.
      Let’s not forget, the SBAC did cancel a couple of their meetings and I don’t believe any of them ride a bus – ever wonder why some don’t want to go to the office?

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