"I can't speak for all teachers, but at the middle school where I taught, I never really had that many kids absent, even when we only had Thursday and Friday off. The days prior to Thanksgiving were instructional days. No other major…"
"KidWorks at Tioga is absolutely wonderful. My youngest was there from 6 months until he "graduated" and moved on to kindergarten. My older two went to other preschools in town, but that was before KidWorks opened. Wish…"
"Politically, you can't get rid of Homecoming ( I'm sure there would be an uproar about that), and Teacher Workdays are guaranteed by contract. In fact, according to data from the school board, the district has almost a 90% attendance…"
"Do kids really need the entire week off? They have 2 whole weeks off just a few weeks later anyway. It also extends the school year by 2 days. I know that my own children had several tests during those 2 days so there is work going…"
"While some schools may sit back and do nothing, you can't group all schools into that category. Many schools try to handle these type of issues every day, but it starts in the home. The girl had learned somewhere that this type of…"
"The Alachua County School Board has district virtual programs for elementary and secondary students. They also now have their own franchise of Florida Virtual School- Alachua eSchool. With the eSchool, it is the same curriculum as…"
"The jurisdiction for the day to day operation of charter schools is their own local school board, not the district school board. All charter schools have individual school boards. So, I don't think it is the case that the…"
"Charter schools are a great alternative for some students; however, only when they have to meet the same standards of accountability as the public schools would I support additional funding. Charter schools can pick and choose which…"
"The fact is that with UF being the largest employer in the county, I think it at least needs to be looked at. UF employees get one spring break, where they can't enjoy vacation time with their families, only to have to turn around 3-4…"
"If your child attends a Title I Elementary School- which includes most elementary schools in Alachua County, she can receive free tutoring after school through a SES provider. I'd ask your school counselor about it."
"What sounded good on paper when voters passed the class size amendment, has turned into musical chairs for everyone. Even then, when voters had the opportunity to repeal the new amendment last year, it didn't get enough votes, so this is…"
"If your child is going to an Alachua County Public School there is assistance available for purchasing the "uniforms." Just contact your child's school. You might also want to check the volunteer office at the school board…"
"Kid Works at Tioga is awesome! Our son started there at 4 months and has been there ever since (he's now 4) Not sure of their availability because they usually have a waiting list, but it's definitely worth checking in to."
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