NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — The Pasco County School District has a message for students that have fallen behind in class.  

It's time to catch up.

"What we saw from last year, which was the first full year of this pandemic, is that there was significant learning loss by our students," said Superintendent Kurt Browning.

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The Pasco County School Board is set to vote today on a funding measure to implement the Graduates Requiring Additional Credit Earning program, or Grace for short.

The school district says around 40% of students did not learn in a traditional classroom last year, causing FSA scores to drop, and this year’s assessment grades to fall short of normal levels.

To fix it, the district plans to add instructional help in classrooms as well as potentially extend school days at elementary, middle and high schools.

"I know our teachers are working hard, our administration, school based administrators are working hard," said Superintendent Browning.  "They understand, I believe, what's at stake.  We want to get our kids caught up.  And at the same time you are catching kids up you've got to keep teaching them new content."

As Pasco County ramps up instruction, other districts are launching similar programs.

In Hillsborough County, Extended Learning Program paperwork is heading home with students this week.

That program runs through mid-December for students that have fallen behind.