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Important Information about Hurricane Irma Make Up Time

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. Read more

Specific information for Extended Reading Time schools. Read More

Information for Families

Yes, charter schools have their own boards and can make a decision on when to reopen their schools. Please check with your charter school to find out when your school will resume.

We know a hurricane can be frightening for adults and children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network acknowledges that the length of recovery will depend in part upon how frightening the hurricane was, whether evacuation from home was necessary, and the extent of the damage and loss. Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers remain (or at least appear) calm, answer children's questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests.

NCTSN explains some common reactions you may notice in your child/student after the storm and what you can do to help: Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Hurricane

Schools will have guidance counselors available for students who would like to talk about their Hurricane Irma experience and feelings.

There will be no charge for the week of Sept. 11-15 and parents will not be charged a vacation week. Billing will resume as normal for the week of Sept. 18-22.

There will be a reacclimation period once we return to school to make sure student athletes are properly conditioned to prevent injuries. Practice can resume on Monday. The district will work with coaches to reschedule as many missed contests as possible.

Student Nutrition Services is able to monitor refrigeration temperatures at all school sites. SNS is notifying managers if the food has reached an unsafe temperature and the food is no longer usable. The district has procedures in place to properly dispose of the food and sanitize the storage equipment. Student Nutrition Services is working to make sure schools are stocked with the food needed to nourish our students.

There will be temporary changes to the lunch menu and food choices may be limited; however, students will still have high-quality, nutritious meals. Our Student Nutrition Services team provided 34,000 meals per day to evacuees at more than 40 of our schools serving as shelters during Hurricane Irma. We will be getting deliveries all week to replace the food used at those shelters and any food that is not usable because of power outages at some schools.

The district is working with the state to organize possible emergency meals in some schools with power through our National School Breakfast and Lunch program. Some schools are also organizing their own meals, please check with your principal for options at your school.

The district's Transportation Team is working with the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the safety of area roadways. Please be patient; buses may be delayed for the next several days because of detours or road closures due to the storm. Drivers will pick up students as closely as possible to their regular bus stop. Please plan for buses to potentially be running later than usual as drivers may have to navigate alternate routes due to road conditions.

Teams of custodians, both from the school that served as a shelter and surrounding schools, are sanitizing and reorganizing the shelter schools. The schools and classrooms will be clean and ready for students to return on Monday.

Yes, All students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) will be provided free meals through October 20th.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, HCPS and the United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA) want to assist our families by providing free meals to all students through the USDA's National School Lunch Program.

Whether your child goes to school with a packed lunch or purchases their meal at school, all meals — breakfast and lunch — will be free.

Only complete meals are free; À la carte items will still be available for purchase but are not included in this temporary free full meal offer provided by the Student Nutrition Services department.

Read the full article on newsdesk for more information.

We always welcome and encourage school-based donation drives. The district can help facilitate the collection and distribution of supplies to schools and families in need.

Information for Staff

The September 15th payday was shifted to September 8th.

The next payday will be September 29th.

You will be paid for the days that school has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

Human Resources will be emailing out information about how to apply to FEMA for compensation.

Employees have already been paid for Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th in the 9/15 paycheck that was issued a week early on 9/8.

You will be paid for all time off this week until classes resume.

If you can't make it into work once classes resume, you will have to use a sick/personal day for each day you are out. To reiterate, that does not impact you getting paid for the days prior to classes resuming.

You should request a substitite teacher in your absence the way you always do, through Kelly Services.

As a Kelly Services employee, you will not be paid if you're a substitute teacher for days not worked.

The fall instructional pool scheduled for Friday, September 15th has been postponed. The HR Team will send out additional information once a new timeline is verified.

Professional Development evening classes will resume on the same date that the district resumes classes.

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Rescheduled Events
  • School Board Meeting/Final Public Hearing on Budget
    • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 3:00 p.m.
      School Board Auditorium
      901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Public hearing on millage rate and budget will begin at 5:01 p.m.
  • Bell Schedule Public Meetings
    • Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
      Riverview High School cafeteria
      11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview
    • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
      Jefferson High School media center
      4401 Cypress St., Tampa
  • Parent University
    • The Saturday, Sept. 16th event at Jefferson High School has been canceled and will not be rescheduled at this time
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