Florida district returns Good Friday to a school holiday

05/19/2010 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

Good Friday will be a school holiday for students in Florida's Hillsborough County schools next year and a conference day for teachers that can be fulfilled beforehand. Districts are not allowed to determine school holidays based on religion but can place holidays on days when large numbers of absences are expected. In 2008, 60% of the district's students were absent on Good Friday, and 42% were out this year.

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