• State Leaders Extend School Closures Across the State Through May 1

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    March 31, 2020
    For Immediate Release
     
    Contact: Tanya Arja
                    Office of Communications
                    813-272-4060
     
    State Leaders Extend School Closures
    Across the State Through May 1
     
    Tampa, Fla. – (March 30, 2020) – Following guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, state leaders announce school closures across the state are now extended through May 1.
    Here is what this closure means for our schools:
    • All schools – traditional and charter – will be closed through May 1;
    • All extra-curricular activities will be canceled during this timeframe
    Even though campuses will remain closed, our eLearning plans will continue. Today, students and teachers across our district began their class work online. We understand this is a challenge for many families. Our district is grateful to our amazing teachers, school leaders and district staff who have worked tirelessly to guide their students through eLearning with assignments, virtual discussions and support throughout the day. You can find our district’s comprehensive eLearning plan at HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus.
    “This is a trying time for everyone across our community. The one thing that remains constant is the love and care we must provide for our children. Our district stands ready to support our students through their educational endeavors, by providing nutritious meals, and extending comfort to our students and staff. We are here for our families and we appreciate their continued flexibility as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
    Hillsborough Schools will continue to provide meals – both breakfast and lunch in one daily pickup – to students 18 years old and younger throughout this closure. Starting today, our Student Nutrition Services staff expanded their reach, serving students closer to their homes, at 147 school sites. Utilizing our school buses, our transportation staff and student nutrition workers also brought meals out to many neighborhoods. Through our total reach today, our staff provided more than 50,000 nutritious meals to children across our district.
    As you can see, this is an evolving situation across our state. We remain in constant contact with the Florida Department of Education for further direction from the state. We will communicate the information with our families, students and staff when we know more. The latest information can be found on our website at HillsboroughSchools.org.
     
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