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Could You Deal With a School Schedule Change?

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Broward County parents need to arrange child care the week of Thanksgiving because schools will be closed.

Got plans for Thanksgiving? If you live in Broward County you might need to reschedule.

Broward County will close schools and furlough teachers on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week in addition to the traditional Wednesday through Friday holiday.

Parents told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that they will have to scramble to arrange child care. Some cities said they were working on day camps that week.

School officials said at least 10 percent of students and employees are usually absent those days — more than most — reducing the impact of closing that week. The furloughs are one way the district is dealing with a $171 million budget shortfall this year.

How would this decision affect your plans? Would you be able to adjust your schedule to take care of children out of school for two additional days?

Do you agree with Broward’s decision? Should the district have announced the decision before the school year began?


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