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Governor DeSantis Orders All Public Schools to Close Until April 15

March 17, 2020

For Immediate Release

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

Tampa, Fla. – (March 17, 2020) – In an afternoon press conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced he is extending school closures across the state.

Students and staff will not return to school until April 15.

Here is what this closure means for our schools:

  • All schools will be closed until April 15;
  • All extra-curricular activities will be canceled until April 15;
  • All K-12 state-wide assessments are canceled for this school year;
  • School grades will not be provided for this school year

The state is still determining 3rd grade retention and promotion requirements, as well as 12th grade graduation requirements. The number of instructional hours that students must have as credit for this school year are being reviewed by the state.

Our district has devised an eLearning Contingency Plan but will now ramp up our plans as we must ensure there is a continuity of learning for all students for the next month. The Governor is allowing school districts to use flexible funding to purchase mobile devices for students. Our district will work on a plan to deploy existing devices for students in need and to purchase more devices as needed. Last week, Charter Communications stepped up and offered free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60-days. For more details on how to access these services, families can go to HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus.

School Board meeting requirements are being reviewed by the state and may have to occur virtually or be canceled.

As you can see, this is an evolving situation. We will be in constant contact with the Florida Department of Education and are waiting for further direction from the state. We will communicate the information with our families, students and staff as we know more.

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