Broward County Public Schools Proposed Hurricane Irma Makeup Days

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie outlined his recommendation to address the impact of the cancellation of school days due to Hurricane Irma. The recommendation requests that per the published calendar, the two previously scheduled early release days, October 19 and December 22, will be made full days. Additionally, the recommendation requests the formal beginning of the second quarter be moved to October 30 and the start of third quarter be moved to January 16.

The proposed dates will be presented to the Broward County School Board for approval at its next regular School Board meeting, Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

District schools were closed for seven days in preparation for and cleanup following Hurricane Irma. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced school districts could waive two of the closure days. By extending the two early release days to full instructional days, the District would be in compliance with the state’s requirements for instructional hours for the school year without the additional days lost to Hurricane Irma.

The District’s recommendation regarding the makeup days was made in consideration of students, families and staff commitments for vacation and holidays scheduled around the school year calendar. As a result, there are no changes to winter break and spring break or the last day of school. The proposed Hurricane Irma makeup days reflects input from employee group representatives, including the Broward Teachers Union and other community stakeholders.