POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 7:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am
With many school districts out for the rest of the week and some shut down for two weeks, to prevent infections of the H1N1 flu, it's up to the school districts to make up does days or opt to shorten the school year by asking the T.E.A..
Each school district will have to submit what the Texas Education Agency calls a waiver application and here is what the wavier will do. It will allow each district to shorten the number of instructional days without losing state money. The wavier is crucial for any school district because if this application is NOT filed by May 20th and a school district does not meet the 180 day instructional day requirement, it will be penalized by not receiving the instructional day funding.
The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is one district that has begun the application process. The application will be presented to the school board at the next school board meeting Tuesday May 12th. It will be up to the board members to decide if an application will be submitted to the state. This year H.C.I.S.D. receives more than $400,000 dollars per day in instructional day funding.
Irene Ramos has children in the district and she says submitting the wavier is great for parents who have already made summer plans. The T.E.A. reports more than 125,000 Valley students were out of school on Monday. H.C.I.S.D. suspended classes for the entire week after one elementary student was diagnosed as a probable case of H1N1 and the district is still waiting for the results.