Furloughs will force Department of Defense schools to shut down for five days next academic year

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity Marilee Fitzgerald said the schools are working diligently to ensure the upcoming furloughs have the least possible impact on students.

"We'll take a five-day instructional loss," Fitzgerald said. "Fortunately, this is occurring in the DOD schools, where there is probably no group of teachers who are better prepared for this kind of challenge."

Twelve-month DODEA employees, including headquarter workers, principals and others – will take up to 11 days of furlough starting July 8. Nine-month DODEA workers, including teachers and some staff members, will take five days of furlough beginning in September. Host-nation employees in schools located overseas are not subject to furloughs.

DODEA operates schools at Fort Rucker and Maxwell Air Force Base. Fort Rucker Primary and Elementary Schools have a combined 729 students. Maxwell's Elementary and Middle School serves as some 395 students in grades Pre-K through eighth. Principals are now working on schedules with precise furlough information for each school.

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