Florida schools to get extra school days

Florida is going to get a couple extra days off for the school year starting this week, which is going a long way to making sure kids can get some rest.

Florida Public Schools says the extra days will start Friday, July 5.

They’ll be used for after-school programs and other educational purposes.

Florida Schools Superintendent Michael Binder said it’s part of an effort to make sure kids get enough time to learn and do their homework.

“We want to make certain that we have the opportunity to educate our students on the important work that we do, the importance of teamwork, that our students are not going to be distracted,” Binder told ABC News.

Binder said he’s optimistic the extra day will make a difference, but he said it will take time for kids to adjust to the change.

“It’s going to take time to sort of adjust to this new normal of having to work a little harder and have a little more of an opportunity to do what they want to do,” he said.

Binders said it might be a couple of days, but it’ll be a long time before Florida schools are back to normal.

He said he believes the extra time will help the state stay ahead of other states in learning about how to prevent and treat obesity and diabetes.

“I think that’s the biggest thing that we’re going to see with this additional day is that we will have an opportunity for our students to be able to engage with each other, and be able have a dialogue,” he told ABC affiliate WFTV.

FPS is still figuring out exactly what to do with the extra school day, but said they’re planning to make the extra weekend and holidays a lot of fun.