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Presidents Day: Westchase Kids Have School

The national holiday doesn’t mean a day off for Hillsborough County public school students.

While kids in nearby Pasco County will get to enjoy a long weekend, Westchase area students are expected to hit the books Monday, Feb. 18.

Presidents Day is not a day off in Hillsborough, according to the school district’s calendar.

Hillsborough students, however, do get a day off their neighbors in Pasco can’t boast. For those in the west part of the county, the recent Florida State Fair Day, observed Feb. 8, provided a long weekend.

Children enrolled in public schools on the east side of the county get March 4 off for Strawberry Festival Day.

Youngsters in Hillsborough also have spring break to look forward to. It runs March 11-15 this year.

Presidents Day is observed annually on the third Monday of February. It was originally established in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Now it’s considered a day to honor all presidents, according to History.com.

It’s a federal holiday, which means many government offices are closed and the United States Postal Service won’t be delivering mail.

For more information about the calendar for Hillsborough students, visit the district online.

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