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Labor Day now a school day

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     Students in Tuscaloosa County School system will spend their first Labor Day in a long time in class this year.

     The board of education approved the holiday as and instructional day to make up for seven days of lost instructional days.  Students will have two attend school for the normal two-day fall break in October as well as President's Day.

      The changes come after state extended  Summer break to benefit tourism.

      Tuscaloosa City Schools of Board of Education still must re-draft its 2012-2013 calendar.

      A plan approved last week was squashed.  It had students attending classes 177 days, while the remaining 3 were broken down by extending class 8 minutes a day for the entire school year.

      However, it was later advised that plan could not work for teachers who have contracts requiring them to work actual days -- and not hours.

      The Tuscaloosa City School Board will vote on different calendar May 29th.