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Due to Concerns over Coronavirus Hillsborough Schools Will Follow State Guidance and Close for Two Weeks

March 13, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (March 13, 2020) – Due to concerns over coronavirus, the Florida Department of Education is directing all Hillsborough County Public Schools – and schools across the state – to close for two weeks. For our district, that includes March 16-20 for Spring Break and an additional week, March 23-March 27.

We now plan to reopen schools on Monday, March 30.

This directive affects district-operated public schools and charter schools.
Here are the immediate steps our district will now take:
Close all schools for two weeks (which includes Spring Break for our district)
Cancel all extracurricular activities during that time
Provide eLearning to students, parents and staff the week of March 23- March 27
Conduct thorough cleaning of all schools to create the best learning environment

From an instructional perspective, our teachers and district staff have been updating Edsby and Clever with classroom and grade-specific assignments. These assignments will be accessible to students online starting on March 23. Each grade level has access to specific videos, assignments, and activities to continue the educational momentum for all learners. If assistance is needed, students and parents can communicate through our online platforms with their teachers.

Since this mandate was just announced, our district is still determining which district staff members will be asked to work during this time. Once a decision has been made, we will communicate with all impacted employees.

In addition, the state has also announced they will delay the start of state testing by at least two weeks.

We will provide more updates as we have more information at HillsboroughSchools.org

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