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Misspelling causes Hillsborough report card delay

BY Erin Kourkounis
Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: November 1, 2013 at 05:02 PM

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TAMPA – Friday was report card day for Hillsborough County elementary school students, but some parents will have to wait a little longer to see their children’s grades.

It is all because of a typo – the word “satisfactory” was misspelled on a school district template that all schools use to print off their report cards.

The error was caught Thursday and fixed, but it created a setback for schools that had already printed their report cards. The district created a label for schools to use to cover up the mistake.

“We’re trying to help the schools out,” district spokesman Stephen Hegarty said. “It’s our mistake.”

On Thursday, Wynne Tye, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, sent an email to principals, notifying them that report card distribution would be delayed until Monday for all elementary schools.

“I recognize that many schools have already completed the printing and stuffing of the report cards and understand that the error places an additional burden on you and your school personnel,” Tye wrote.

After some principals reported they corrected the error before sending out report cards, and others said they were able to create a second batch quickly, the district sent another email Friday. It gives schools the choice of sending report cards home Friday as planned or waiting until Monday.

Parents whose students attend schools that will be delaying report cards until Monday were alerted Friday afternoon.

Middle and high school report cards will be handed out to students on Nov. 12.



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