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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.

Academics, Grades, and Assessments FAQ - April 7, 2020

We know many of you have questions concerning academics, grades and assessments because of the extended school closure.

Our district has worked to get you this important information as quickly as possible but we know there is some information that may have been missed.

For that reason, Superintendent Addison Davis wanted to provide you with a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning academics, grades and assessments for our school district.

Academics, Grades and Assessments FAQ

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times together.

eLearning Overview for Parents - April 6, 2020

As we seek to continuously improve, your feedback from our eLearning process is important. All information gathered will be used to refine our way of work and reach a place of comfort for all stakeholders. Hillsborough County Public Schools understands how stressful and challenging this time may be and we are here to provide ongoing supports where needed. I encourage all families to communicate our areas of opportunities with your teachers and school-based leaders in an effort to genuinely get better.

This issue of Hillsborough Responds included unique resources for families looking for fun ways to learn from home, updates to the Grab-and-Go meal distribution, graduation and the second school choice window. Read more

eLearning Updates from Superintendent Davis - April 3, 2020

During the School Board Meeting of March 31, 2020, Superintendent Addison Davis gave a detailed presentation about the process of eLearning and how it’s going so far. Afterward, School Board Members had the opportunity to ask several questions pertaining to eLearning and how he sees us moving forward. You can find the Superintendent’s presentation as well as the questions from School Board Members below.

Important School Closures Update – March 30, 2020

The Florida Department of Education has directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through May 1st due to concerns over the coronavirus.

In order to comply with that directive, the following facts will be in effect immediately:

  • All Hillsborough County Public Schools will be closed, including traditional and charter, through May 1;
  • ALL extracurricular activities will be cancelled during this timeframe;
  • We will continue online eLearning during this time. You can find our district’s eLearning Plan on our website, HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus;
  • We will continue providing our students nutritious meals, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 147 sites. You can find those sites on our Grab and Go page, HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus/grabandgo.

We understand this is a challenge for families. But the threat of this virus is very real, and we must take major steps to keep it from overwhelming our healthcare system.

As you know, 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.

eLearning Overview for Parents - March 22, 2020

Hillsborough County Schools is here to work with you. You need to know that learning will continue to take place online. Set Up for Success week is March 23-27, where our teachers and parents can get comfortable with eLearning, finalize lesson plans and get access to devices and computers. Classwork during Set Up for Success week will not be graded. Graded work and full eLearning will begin statewide on Monday, March 30.

While we are transitioning from the classroom to online eLearning, it is not to a point where parents are expected to take on a full homeschool initiative. Homeschooling is where you, as a parent, would have to develop lesson plans and assignments for your child. This is not the case in Hillsborough Schools. Our excellent, professional teachers will continue to develop all engaging assignments and lessons, as well as provide feedback and support to every student using the online learning tools Edsby and Clever.

Our most recent eNewsletter will give you an overview of what to expect in the days ahead, tips for making eLearning successful for your student and ways to access food and computers or devices if you are in need. Read More

Set Up for Success Week – Coronavirus Update

Next week is Set Up for Success Week!

As we shift our education online, we are dedicating the week of March 23–March 27 to making sure our students, families and teachers set up to succeed with online learning.

Next week is Set Up for Success Week in Hillsborough Schools. Teachers will be connecting with their students online and providing exciting ways to start eLearning—while families get comfortable with our eLearning tools Edsby and Clever, set up a schedule at home with dedicated learning time and set up a place at home where students can concentrate on learning.

As teachers and students feel comfortable next week, they can start to engage and work on educational content. Lessons during March 23–27 will be educational and enriching, but will not be graded. Following new guidance from the Florida Department of Education, full online eLearning—with students completing assignments and receiving grades—will begin Monday, March 30th.

We will send you more information about student assignments and eLearning as we get closer to Set Up for Success Week, starting March 23rd.

Links to key information families might need:

How to log in to Edsby and Clever, the learning tools you will need: Accessing Edsby and Clever

How to get nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost for children 18 and under: Grab and Go Meal Information

How to get 60 days of free internet access from our partners Spectrum and Xfinity: Free WiFi Information

Our district is developing a plan to loan devices or laptop computers to families who do not have access to one. We will send you information when it is available in the coming days and also post all updates at HillsboroughSchools.org.

Updated from Superintendent Davis - March 18, 2020

Over the last few days, I have been in constant contact with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and Commissioner Corcoran to discuss expectations for school districts and how we will collectively transition to supporting all students from an eLearning perspective.

Rest assured that the Florida Department of Education understands we are in an unprecedented time across the state and our nation is working together to protect the well-being of all communities. It is Hillsborough County Public Schools’ number one priority to keep our students, teachers, staff and campuses safe as we work to ensure all students continue to grow intellectually and master grade level standards.

During my conversations with FLDOE, Commissioner Corcoran made it clear that while our campuses are closed, learning is open. To update each of you on the relevant topics we discussed, please find the following key factors related to our work:

12th Grade Students

  • The FLDOE will be waiving all graduation requirements related to Seniors who are projected to graduate this Spring who have not met the requirements for Algebra I EOC (End of Course) or English Language Arts FSA or received a concordant score. Students must finish the Spring semester and meet all other requirements.
  • FLDOE is working with the CDC to discuss future plans for High School Graduations. More information will be forthcoming and as soon as I have information, I promise to share.

Extension of Instructional Hours

  • FLDOE believes that all school districts will be able to complete the 4th Semester on time and within the School Board Adopted Calendar. Therefore, the current expectation is to finish the remainder of the school year as previously scheduled.

State Assessment Updates

  • All state administered assessments are canceled for the 2019-20 school year.
  • School Grades will not be calculated and will not be recorded for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Students who are not Seniors this year, will be required to pass the 10th grade ELA and Algebra I assessment at a later date.
  • Non-seniors in an EOC course will no longer be required to take this assessment as a part of their final grade for the class nor for promotional requirements. Non-seniors will be required to obtain state required concordant scores for graduation. At this time, all EOC requirements are waived and students will receive course credit dependent on assignments, tests, and other course grades.
  • 3rd Grade FSA will not be used for promotional requirements. The decisions on 3rd grade promotions will be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders. The decision to promote a student will be based on classroom performance throughout the school year.

eLearning

  • All school districts will be required to launch and successfully implement an eLearning Continuity Plan. District will work to define roles and responsibilities for all personnel. Hillsborough’s plan is available now at www.HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus. Please review it as soon as possible. We will be adding to this plan in the coming days and sharing updates with employees and families.
  • School districts will identify strategies for supporting students with IEP and 504 plans and this information should be included in all Continuity of Learning plans whether it is virtual or specialized instruction. Hillsborough is currently identifying how to ensure a full array of services, even if the services must be delayed.
  • All teachers assigned to students will be required to create assignments, provide feedback, support learners, and give grades. The only difference is that grades will be provided in an eLearning capacity and Spring semester grades will be expected for all learners.
  • Colleges and universities are working to ensure students will get credit for Dual Enrollment classes. More information will follow as we learn more from the FLDOE.

Miscellaneous

  • All schools that have been identified in DA Status will remain the same status for the 2020-21 School Year. All schools under this umbrella will continue to implement their current turnaround plans that have been state board approved. Districts may submit at district level changes to the state board for review.
  • Eligibility for Bright Futures will be assessed at a later time. The state will address this issue at a future date.
  • IB, AP, and AICE Assessments are during reviewed with each company to determine next steps. As I learn more, I will share with all.

As we seek to launch our eLearning Plan and “Grab and Go” food pickup sites on Monday, March 23rd, please know that we will lead with a continuous improvement mindset; We will get better daily in our efforts and delivery.

Looking Ahead

As we learn more information from the Florida Department of Education and develop internal plans, I will continue to keep each of you informed. I encourage each of you to continue to remain connected to our communication platforms and follow all recommendations outlined by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All relevant information related to eLearning and continuing the instructional process can be found on our website at www.HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus.

Florida Department of Education Announces Additional Guidance for the 2019-2020 School Year

~ All public and private K-12 schools are closed through April 15, 2020 ~

Tallahassee, Fla., March 17, 2020 – Today, the Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran are using executive authority to support the Florida Division of Emergency Management to ensure Florida citizens are kept safe.

“The containment of COVID-19 is essential, and this is not a decision we made lightly. Districts have taken action and have instituted distance learning as a necessary precaution to protect students, educators, families, and Florida’s overall public health,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and stopping the spread of this virus. These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. I will continue to work with the Governor, Superintendents, Florida College System and the State University System to do whatever we can to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”

Commissioner Corcoran is taking the following actions, effective immediately:

School Districts

  • All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020.   
    • Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible to implement distance learning. 
    • School districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 
    • For Collier, Duval, Sumter and Union county school districts, which are all completing their extended spring break on March 20, 2020, school campuses will remain closed through April 15, 2020, although they will begin instruction virtually on March 23.
    • To support students with identified IEP-related services who may have a disruption in services, school districts are given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services until later in the summer months, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team. 

Assessments, Accountability and Promotion 

  • All remaining assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Requirements for graduation and promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments which were cancelled did not exist. 
  • K-12 school grades will not be calculated for 2019-2020 and schools in turnaround may continue their current status for 2020-2021 to avoid disruption to school leadership and operations. 
  • Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken shall not be counted. 

Instructional Hours 

  • The Commissioner may reduce required instructional hours as necessary to accommodate for closures. 

Funding 

  • The Florida Department of Education and K-12 school districts are instructed to redirect unspent 2019-2020 funds from Reading Scholarship Accounts, the Reading Instruction Allocation, the Digital Classroom Allocation and the Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program to help low-income students purchase digital devices and establish Internet services. 
  • In order to facilitate the remote connection between teachers and students, K-12 school districts are further permitted to redirect unspent Title 2 funds to help low-income students purchase digital devices and establish Internet services. 
  • K-12 school districts are permitted to redirect unspent 2019-2020 funds from the Safe Schools and Mental Health allocations to virtual and telephonic mental health counseling services for students who need emotional support due to COVID-19. 
  • All school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten, K-12, career and technical centers and state college programs will receive their full allocation of funding, and therefore staff and contractors can be paid fully, through June 30, 2020, as though there was no disruption in education.   

Teachers

  • For the next 120 days, exam fees for teacher certification-related examinations will be waived, and test takers who were unable to take an exam due to test site locations closing will be granted an extension to meet these requirements. 

District School Board and State College Board of Trustees Meetings 

  • All district school board and state college board of trustees meetings through June 30, 2020, are postponed and may only be scheduled for emergency purposes only by the respective school district superintendent or college president.   
    • These meetings must be convened virtually or telephonically. 
    • If there is a vacancy or inability to serve on the part of the superintendent or college president, then the respective board chair may convene an emergency meeting.   
    • School districts and state colleges must ensure that meetings held by virtual means are accessible by interested members of the public.

Mass Gatherings and Community Events 

  • Commissioner Corcoran urges adherence to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by cancelling any mass gatherings, community events and extracurricular activities, including sports of more than 10 people in a single occupied space at any educational program, school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten, public and private K-12, career and technical centers, and public and private colleges and universities. 

School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

  • Commissioner Corcoran strongly recommend school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten programs adhere to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by limiting students and employees to no more than 10 people convening in a single occupied space, therefore breaking students into groups as necessary, maintaining social distancing best practices and proper hygiene. 

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Offices 

  • All services provided by the divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services to clients shall be provided solely though virtual and telephonic methods to the extent possible. 
    • The Department will work with appropriate federal authorities to seek waivers for any federal requirements that may be impacted. 

Postsecondary Institutions 

  • All public state college and university, and private college and university campuses and buildings are closed for the remainder of the spring semester. 
    • Colleges and universities are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible. 
    • Colleges and universities should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 

Posted from Florida Department of Education.

IMPORTANT: School Closures - March 13, 2020

The Florida Department of Education just provided the directive for all school districts in Florida to close schools for the next two weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus.

While we are currently on Spring Break for the week of March 16th-20th, this means that we will extend our closure until March 27th. Our plan of action is to reopen schools starting Monday, March 30th.

In order to comply with the Department of Education’s directive, the following facts will be in effect immediately:

  • All Hillsborough County Public Schools will be closed, including traditional and charter, for the next two weeks;
  • ALL extracurricular activities will be cancelled during this timeframe;
  • During the week of March 23rd, all students will have access to instructional activities through our eLearning Contingency Plan to ensure instructional momentum;
  • Over the next two weeks, all schools will receive a deep cleaning to ensure a safe environment.

In addition, the state will be delaying the start of all FSA and EOC testing by at least two weeks.

As you know, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members are our top priority. Over the next few days, I will continue to provide updates to make certain everyone is apprised of all next steps. You can always visit HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus for the latest information.

IMPORTANT: Spring Break travel - March 13, 2020

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Because of this, we are taking steps to make sure everyone is following the requirements of the Florida Department of Health.

AFTER SPRING BREAK, starting March 23, a specific procedure will begin for any student, employee or another person who needs to come to a school and meets any one of these requirements:

  1. Has traveled out of the country or gone on a cruise within the past 14 days, OR
  2. Believes they may have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus/COVID-19, OR
  3. Believes they may have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath)

Any person who fits any one of those three requirements MUST follow the steps below and complete a “Return to School Report”:

Visit HillsboroughSchools.org, click the button that says “Return to School Report” and follow the instructions.

OR

Call your school or worksite, tell them you need to file a “Return to School Report” and have an employee at the school or worksite complete the “Return to School Report” online form with you, using their computer at the school or worksite while you are on the phone.

Depending on the situation and risk factors, the “Return to School Report” process MAY direct you to contact your doctor or the Florida Department of Health for guidance on when you are able to return to school.

Where can I safely travel?

You should make smart decisions for your family’s long-term health. Hillsborough Schools will follow the recommendations of the Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Under the latest guidance, released this morning, Friday, March 13:

  • CURRENTLY, anyone who travels anywhere out of the country or on a cruise MUST self-isolate for 14 days upon return. This means no going to school or work.
  • CURRENTLY, there are no special restrictions on travel inside the U.S., HOWEVER, if you get sick with symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 or have contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you MAY be directed to self-isolate by the health department.
  • This guidance from the Department of Education, Department of Health and CDC could change AT ANY TIME, even during Spring Break, and our district will follow any new requirements.

For the latest information about Hillsborough County Public Schools’ response to coronavirus/COVID-19, visit HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus.

Afternoon Coronavirus Preparations Update - March 12, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, and under the guidance of the Florida Department of Health, our district made the decision to close Farnell Middle School, in northwest Hillsborough County, today and tomorrow.

Late last night, our district was made aware that a person who regularly comes to Farnell Middle School had been in direct contact with someone from another county who has tested positive for coronavirus.

We want to stress, the person connected to Farnell has NO symptoms and is isolating themselves. Farnell Middle School is being closed so it can be deep-cleaned over the next few days.

The experts at Florida Department of Health are not recommending we close any additional schools and it is not recommending our district take any special steps for anyone else who has been to Farnell.

We know some of our families are concerned about contact that other students have had with Farnell Middle School students due to athletics or academic competitions. The Florida Department of Health wants to assure you there is an extremely low risk that the coronavirus could have been passed along to students based on that contact.

If you have a medical question, we encourage you to call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 866-779-6121.

If you have a school related question, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions section on hillsboroughschools.org/coronavirus. If you have a question that cannot be answered by our FAQ’s, our district has set up a hotline that will be staffed during business hours at 813-272-4547.

The health and well-being of our students, staff and families is our number one priority.

Coronavirus Preparations Update - March 12, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, our district made the decision to close Farnell Middle School Thursday and Friday, March 12th and 13th.

The Florida Department of Health has notified us that a person who regularly comes on that campus had recent direct contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus in another county. The contact was within the last six days.

This individual has absolutely no symptoms but, as mandated by the health department, this person is now self-isolating and will not be allowed to return to our school until cleared by the health department.

We believe this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our students and staff.

Crews will be deep cleaning Farnell Middle School over the next two days using a thermal cloud process.

  • Do not send your child to the bus stop to go to Farnell.
  • No one will be allowed at Farnell as we clean our campus.
  • The air conditioning at Farnell will be shut off, so every particle in the air settles down.
  • Each room will be thoroughly wiped down with CDC recommended chemicals.
  • Hot fog will be used to disinfect anything we can’t reach, such as ceilings.

Our district first learned about this situation Wednesday night. Our school employees will be paid over these two days. Our district is approaching these two days much like Hurricane Days. Teachers can work the material from these two days into the remaining lesson plans for the semester and we’ll review the number of hours of instruction they’ll have this year to make sure students meet the state’s requirements.

Our district is also in the finals steps of creating an eLearning Contingency Plan in case the need arises to close schools for an extended period of time.

We have been in constant contact with the Florida Department of Health and will remain in contact throughout Spring Break. If families have a medical question, they should contact the Florida Department of Health’s 24 hour hotline at 866-779-6121.

If families have any school-specific questions, call the school’s main office phone number. We will keep Farnell families updated by phone call and email and post constant updates on our district’s website.

Coronavirus Preparations Update - March 10, 2020

Current status: There is currently no evidence that coronavirus is in any of our schools. The Florida Department of Health is not recommending closing any of our schools. We work very closely with the health department and always implement their recommendations. Our custodial crews are providing extra cleaning and disinfecting for high-traffic areas and surfaces that are frequently touched, and hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed on all school buses and at all district-operated schools' main entrances and cafeterias. Talk with your family about how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of disease.

Field trips and athletic competitions

Based on the March 10 recommendation of the Florida Department of Education, until further notice our district is canceling all planned school-sponsored trips outside the State of Florida for district-operated schools IF they involve air travel.

Out-of-state trips by charter bus, school bus or private vehicles—along with in-state trips—are still permitted. However, as is always the case, each trip is reviewed administratively at the district level and could be approved or disapproved based on the current situation around the country.

We received additional information from the state this afternoon that clarifies which trips are recommended to be canceled. This decision was just made this afternoon, so if this may affect your student, please give your child's school time to understand and adjust—and listen for more information from your child's school.

Continuing learning

We are asking every student, parent and teacher to know their Edsby account username and password and for every student to also know his or her Clever account username and password. For instructions, visit this section of our district’s coronavirus webpage.

If the Florida Department of Health directs us to change operations or close a building, we have plans to continue educating students. We would take learning online for impacted students—moving our teaching from the classroom to the cloud, using Edsby and Clever as learning tools.

Travel and Spring Break

If your family has plans to travel for Spring Break, please see The CDC’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers webpage for the latest information. If you travel anywhere out of the country, including on a cruise, and then you get sick, you must call your doctor or the Florida Department of Health and they may direct you to stay isolated for at least two weeks.

Tips for talking to kids

See these ideas from experts about talking with your children about coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our district has posted many questions and answers on our coronavirus FAQ page.

Coronavirus Preparation Update - March 6, 2020

There is currently no evidence that coronavirus is in any of our schools. The Florida Department of Health is not recommending closing any of our schools. We work very closely with the health department and always implement their recommendations. Our custodial crews are providing extra cleaning and disinfecting for high-traffic areas and surfaces that are frequently touched, and hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed on all school buses and at all district-operated schools' main entrances and cafeterias.

Know your account information

We are asking every student, parent and teacher to know their Edsby account username and password and for every student to also know his or her Clever account username and password. Instructions

If the Florida Department of Health directs us to change operations or close a building, we have plans to continue educating students. We would take learning online for impacted students—moving our teaching from the classroom to the cloud, using Edsby and Clever as learning tools.

Latest precautions

Our staff has taken several steps to prevent the spread of germs throughout our campuses:

  • We are installing hand sanitizer dispensers at the main entrances to all schools and cafeterias and on school buses—to further encourage good hygiene
  • Our teams are delivering the first shipment—18 pallets—of disinfecting wipes to all schools for classroom spot disinfecting. Custodial crews have their own different supplies used for disinfecting.
  • We are posting flyers on campuses and showing a video on morning shows. The message: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve and stay home if you’re sick

If your child is sick, we want to ensure they do not miss a step in their learning. Please notify your child’s school and their absence will be excused.

Travel and Spring Break

If your family has plans to travel for Spring Break, please see The CDC’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers webpage for the latest information. There are specific areas around the world and in the U.S. with high numbers of coronavirus cases. If you travel to a place where coronavirus transmission is happening and then you develop symptoms, you will be isolated by the Florida Department of Health for at least two weeks.

Ways you can help

To help us all prevent the spread of germs, talk with your family about the prevention steps on this CDC flyer, especially washing hands. You are welcome to make a donation of additional disinfecting wipes to a school, however, PLEASE CHECK THE INGREDIENTS. DO NOT use anything that contains Clorox bleach or bleach of any kind—fumes from bleach can linger for days and cause serious breathing issues for students and staff.

Updates

We will continue to send regular updates by email and post them on our district’s website.

Coronavirus Preparation Update - March 3, 2020

We know you have questions about coronavirus/COVID-19 and how it may affect our schools and community. Our school district has been in constant contact with the experts at the Florida Department of Health.

Coronavirus is spread just like the flu, through droplets from sneezing or coughing. It can lead to a respiratory illness (an illness that affects breathing and involves the lungs) called COVID-19. If you have specific questions about you or your family’s health, contact your health care provider.

Current situation

  1. We are operating our schools as usual, with normal hours. We are taking proactive steps for the health and well-being of our students and staff—frequently cleaning our classrooms and common areas. We are also installing more hand sanitizer dispensers in our schools. At this time, based on guidance from the Florida Department of Health, there is no reason to be scared—just be smart about prevention.
  2. It is important to talk with your family about using good hygiene—this stops the spread of most illnesses. Follow the prevention steps here, especially:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
    • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve—not your hand
  3. Stay home if you are sick. This helps stop the spread of any illness, including a cold or flu, and lets you rest and recover. If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus—fever, cough and shortness of breath—call your regular doctor and don’t go to school or work.

Absences due to illness

We always encourage our parents to keep their children home if they are sick. If a student stays home from school due to illness, and the student’s parent or guardian reports the reason for the absence to the school, the absence is excused under our district’s Attendance Policy.

For excused absences, students can make up the work they missed and can work with their teachers for missed assignments and tests.

We are working with our teachers to ensure teachers who use Edsby are posting assignments there whenever possible and all teachers are making arrangements for make-up work.

Spring Break and travel

With Spring Break coming, you may be asking yourself—should I travel? The CDC’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers webpage has the latest information. This is important: There are specific areas around the world and in the U.S. with high numbers of coronavirus cases. If you travel to a place where coronavirus transmission is happening and then you develop symptoms, you will be isolated by the Florida Department of Health for at least two weeks and you will put your family, friends and others at risk.

Hand sanitizer in schools and buses

We have ordered hand sanitizer dispensers to install on school buses and at the main entrances and cafeterias of all district-operated schools. We will be installing them as we receive them over the coming days. We are also looking to purchase disinfecting wipes that teachers can use as needed in their classroom. Because of the large numbers involved—235 schools with 12,000 classrooms—we have to find suppliers who have the large quantities we need and then have them shipped here, so this may take time.

Updates

We will continue to share regular updates via email and on our district website.

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