Q: Will any school district offices or services be closed during the week of RNC?

A: The departments that are located downtown will be relocated from August 27-31. However, all services will still be available because employees will be housed elsewhere and their phones will be forwarded. U.S. Mail and package deliveries to the Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center could be delayed because mail that would be delivered in ROSSAC will have to be rerouted.

Q: Why did the school district decide to continue with its regular academic schedule, as opposed to closing all schools near the convention?

A: The School Board believes that it is important that students maximize class time. The main challenge we expect for those schools is traffic. Our Transportation Department has been involved in planning meetings with RNC staff, city planners, and law enforcement for almost a year, and we have plans in place to make access to Davis and Harbor Islands as smooth as possible. Opening just one school on a different schedule than the rest has proven to be a monumental task.

Q: What is the district doing to protect children’s safety while traveling near the event zone?

A. We only have control over students who ride school buses. To enhance safety, we are placing uniformed security officers on buses accessing Harbor Island. As always, parents are encouraged to monitor bus stops while their children wait in the morning and to meet their children at the bus stop after school.

Q. Why will security officers only be on buses accessing Harbor Island?

A. Harbor Island is the only place buses will have to pass through security check points and pass through convention crowds. Our officers will be in radio contact with Tampa Police and other officers manning those check points, so they are aware when a school bus is approaching. We hope this arrangement makes the week smoother.

Q: If my child physically can’t make it to class that week due to traffic or otherwise, will he or she be excused?

A: It will be business as usual in all of our schools except for Rampello. All existing policies and rules will remain in effect during the RNC. Students who are eligible for school bus transportation should ride the bus starting on the first day of school. Bus drivers will receive daily roster updates, but for ease and consistency, students should start riding the bus on day one. In addition, if the bus arrives late, school administrators will know why students are tardy and it will not count against them.

Q: District Offices?

Q: Will any school district offices or services be closed during the week of RNC?

A: The departments that are located downtown will be relocated from August 27-31. However, all services will still be available because employees will be housed elsewhere and their phones will be forwarded. U.S. Mail and package deliveries to the Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center could be delayed because mail that would be delivered in ROSSAC will have to be rerouted.

Q: Academic schedule?

Q: Why did the school district decide to continue with its regular academic schedule, as opposed to closing all schools near the convention?

A: The School Board believes that it is important that students maximize class time. The main challenge we expect for those schools is traffic. Our Transportation Department has been involved in planning meetings with RNC staff, city planners, and law enforcement for almost a year, and we have plans in place to make access to Davis and Harbor Islands as smooth as possible. Opening just one school on a different schedule than the rest has proven to be a monumental task.

Q: Student Safety?

Q: What is the district doing to protect children’s safety while traveling near the event zone?

A. We only have control over students who ride school buses. To enhance safety, we are placing uniformed security officers on buses accessing Harbor Island. As always, parents are encouraged to monitor bus stops while their children wait in the morning and to meet their children at the bus stop after school.

Q. Bus Security?

Q. Why will security officers only be on buses accessing Harbor Island?

A. Harbor Island is the only place buses will have to pass through security check points and pass through convention crowds. Our officers will be in radio contact with Tampa Police and other officers manning those check points, so they are aware when a school bus is approaching. We hope this arrangement makes the week smoother.

Q: Student Attendance?

Q: If my child physically can’t make it to class that week due to traffic or otherwise, will he or she be excused?

A: It will be business as usual in all of our schools except for Rampello. All existing policies and rules will remain in effect during the RNC. Students who are eligible for school bus transportation should ride the bus starting on the first day of school. Bus drivers will receive daily roster updates, but for ease and consistency, students should start riding the bus on day one. In addition, if the bus arrives late, school administrators will know why students are tardy and it will not count against them.