From State Rep Christine Hunschofsky:
It is so hard to believe that the summer is already slowly coming to an end and that the school year is about to start up again.
Last year was such a challenging year for students, teachers, and parents. We are all looking forward to a better and brighter 2021/2022 school year!
As we prepare for going back to school, the Florida Legislature approved a 10 day Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday this year to help alleviate the cost of school supplies.
The sales tax holiday takes place July 30 – August 9, 2021, and covers a whole range of Back-to-School supplies. For a full list of qualifying items, please visit www.floridarevenue.com.
Broward Public School students return to school on August 18, while teachers, administration, and staff go back on August 11.
As we head back to school, please be mindful of the school zones and look out for students crossing the road or riding bicycles to get to school. Please allow yourself extra time in the morning so that you are not in a rush and can be fully attentive while driving.
Last legislative session, I co-sponsored HB 229 by Representative Salzman that would study the safety of certain walking conditions for students. Unfortunately, the bill never made it to the floor, but Speaker Sprowl’s office agreed to fund the study.
The study will be completed by September 2022 after which the results and recommendations will be reviewed and improvements can be implemented by the State Legislature.
While this study will just provide more direction regarding hazardous walking conditions, each School District still has the ultimate authority to determine hazardous walking conditions and to provide alternative transportation. For more information on school transportation, visit www.browardschools.com/transportation.
I wish everyone a wonderful rest of the summer and a great start to the new school year. For those of you sending your children off to preschool, kindergarten, or college for the first time, it can be hard. As a mom of two children who are now grown up, I can certainly relate. However, be assured that your child can manage the new situation, and more importantly let them know that you know they can handle it and that you will always be there to support them.
My team and I are always available to help in any way we can. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance either via email at HDist096@myfloridahouse.gov or at 954-956-5600.
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District 96 includes Coconut Creek, Parkland, a majority of Margate, and the north and east area of Coral Springs.
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