The state has directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through the end of the school year due to concerns over the coronavirus.  More information is available on our Coronavirus Information page.

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More information is available on our Coronavirus Information page.

Call Hotlines Number Operation Times Days of Operation
eLearning Support (813) 272-4785 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Technology Support (813) 272-4786 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Mental Health Support (813) 272-4787 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
General Questions (813) 272-4788 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
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Coronavirus Updates:

  • If you have recently lost your job or if your income has changed because of COVID-19, there are school resources that can help.

    Apply for school meal benefits at: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

    Apply for SNAP benefits at: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

  • Graduation Information Update – April 21, 2020

    Dear Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Class of 2020,

    I know the last few weeks have been a challenge as you prepare for the next stage of your life. Your teachers, administrators, and district leaders recognize this is not the way you envisioned closing out your Senior year. I’m sure you received the news on Saturday that we were all dreading, our schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year.

    This means graduation ceremonies in May have been canceled. However, our staff has been proactively working to create alternate graduation plans. Student leaders at each of our high schools collaborated with our graduation committee on these alternate plans.

    Our goal is to give you the graduation ceremony you deserve. Our tentative alternate schedule, which includes graduation dates for our traditional high schools, Exceptional Centers and Virtual School, sets July 13-July 21 for the Class of 2020 Commencement at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

    If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not adjust their current guidelines for the summer months and do not allow public gatherings of more than 50 people, our district will explore options to provide virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. Please know that the virtual option will be the LAST resort.

    Please see the tentative schedule attached to this email. We hope this will allow you and your family to make plans. Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. We will make adjustments as we receive more information from the state and the Department of Health.

    Our district wants to preserve your graduation experience. I am proud of your determination to push through an adverse situation and not allow it to stop your success. We will all come out of this stronger.

    Respectfully,

    Addison Davis


  • Message from Superintendent Addison Davis Regarding Updated Extended Closure of Schools - April 18, 2020

    Team Hillsborough,

    After reviewing the overall impact of COVID-19 nationally and statewide, Governor DeSantis has just announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. This means that all employees will continue the implementation of eLearning on our regular school calendar and work daily to provide high quality virtual experiences for all learners.

    As our school district complies with this decision, the following actions steps will be taken immediately:

    • All Hillsborough County Public Schools will remain closed, including traditional and charter schools, through May 29th;
      • Buildings will remain closed to the public indefinitely pending guidance from the Governor’s Office and the Florida Department of Health;
    • All extracurricular activities will remain canceled for the remainder of this academic year;
    • All schools will continue eLearning education through May 29th.
    • All eLearning, Mental Health, Technical Assistance, and General Questions hotlines will remain open through May 29th;
    • All meal services for students will continue at 147 sites and through community routes;

    As it relates to summer learning, the district is currently refining plans and considering others as follows:

    • Student Credit Recovery opportunities;
    • Extended School Year per Individualized Education Program;
    • Academic Enrichment Camps for targeted students in need;
    • Summer Bridge program for struggling learners to eliminate summer learning loss;
    • Virtual Professional Development sessions for all instructional and non-instructional staff members;
    • Virtual Professional Development sessions for all school-based leaders;
    • Procedures for students to obtain personal belongings;
    • Procedures for students to return mobile devices and hotspots.

    We are working to devise summer plans that offer both eLearning and brick-and-mortar education opportunities that will mirror CDC guidelines established in the coming weeks.

    At this time, we have worked with select seniors, school-based leaders, and district staff to develop multiple options for school graduations. All May graduation ceremonies will be canceled at this time, but we have booked the Fairgrounds between July 13th-July 23rd for possible dates. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not adjust their current guidelines for the summer months and allow public gatherings of more than 50 people, the school district will explore options to provide virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. Please know that the virtual option will be the LAST resort; my preference is to offer a traditional graduation when allowed by the CDC.

    I continue to be impressed by the continuous resilience of all teachers, support staff, school and district-based leaders, and the willingness to create special moments for students during eLearning. I am thankful to be a partner in this work and look forward to returning to a new level of normalcy soon. I encourage each of you to make it a daily priority to step-back and take a moment to mentally and physically engage in wellness activities.

    I appreciate your professionalism and flexibility during this time.

    Respectfully,

    Addison Davis


  • School Closures - April 18, 2020

    The state has directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through the end of the school year due to concerns over the coronavirus.

    We will follow this directive and continue eLearning through the end of the school year. You can find our district’s eLearning Contingency Plan here.

    Additionally, ALL extracurricular activities will be cancelled during this timeframe including graduations. However, we have worked with select seniors, school-based leaders and district staff to develop multiple options for school graduations. We will communicate that in the coming days.

    We will continue to provide a week’s worth of grab and go meals to our students on Wednesdays from 9am until 1pm during this time.

    The health and safety of our students, staff, and community members are our top priority.

    Our district will continue to provide updates to make certain everyone is apprised of all next steps.


The well-being of our students and staff is our top priority.

Our school health personnel are in constant contact with the Florida Department of Health about health concerns across our country and around the world, including the flu and coronavirus.

Our district’s current proactive preparations encompass three main areas: Physical, Medical and Educational

PHYSICAL

Our School Campuses
  • Two shipments of disinfecting wipes have been delivered to our schools for classroom spot cleaning. Custodial crews have separate supplies for disinfecting.
  • Our schools are focusing extra cleaning in areas where the virus is most likely spread as our custodial crews apply the cleaning methods they use during flu season.
  • Large Scale outside vendors are on stand-by, who can deep-clean classrooms or entire schools. These are the vendors cleansing Farnell Middle School and the 21 school buses that service Farnell.
  • Hand dispensers have been installed at every school and on every school bus.

MEDICAL

Preventing Disease Spread
  • Under guidance from the Department of Education and Florida Health Department, anyone who travels out of the country or on a cruise MUST self-isolate for 14 days upon return. This means no going to school or work.
  • Based on recommendations from the Florida Department of Education, until further notice, our district is canceling all planned school-sponsored trips outside Florida for district operated schools if they involve air travel.
  • Enforcing proper cleanliness procedures to our students. Showing a district-produced video on morning shows so students can be aware of healthy procedures.
  • Ensuring protocols are in place so every school and school nurse can get fast answers from experts.

EDUCATIONAL

Ensuring Learning Continues
  • Directing teachers to post assignments on our Edsby website so students who miss school can keep up with classroom lessons.
  • Encouraging parents to know their students’ Edsby and Clever logins.
  • Posting grade-appropriate instruction on Clever so students can get additional educational resources provided to them in the event of a school closure.

If a case is detected, some possible steps we may take, guided by the Florida Department of Health, include:

  • Having a specific classroom or group of students stay home or be otherwise isolated
  • Isolation of students within a school, minimizing large gatherings
  • Closure of a school (this is a last resort)
  • Surveys sent into the community to determine relatives and others who may be infected
  • The Florida Department of Health would take over and direct any larger response
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