This page provides information and resources to families and employees about efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Alachua County Public Schools. Please note, information is always changing and we will provide the latest updates as soon as possible.
You can learn more about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Find information about the local response to COVID-19 from the Alachua County Health Department andthe Alachua County COVID-19 Dashboard. If you have questions, you can call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-420-8993 Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm. After hours you can call 352-334-7900.
OCTOBER 5 UPDATE: Student Mask Requirements
After reviewing school COVID data and hearing from local medical experts during its public meeting on October 5, the School Board of Alachua County is changing its school masking protocols. The changes will take effect October 19.
The current masking policy will remain in place for students in kindergarten through 8th grade for an additional four weeks beginning October 19. Under that policy, kindergarten students will be ‘educated, encouraged and expected’ to wear masks, but failure to wear a mask will not keep kindergarteners out of school.
Under federal regulations, all students must continue to wear masks while on school buses.
The use of masks has helped bring our COVID case numbers down after the huge surge this fall. Weekly numbers are now about where they were in February, when masks were also required.
We will continue to review case rates and COVID protocols with our medical experts and will update our protocols as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to prevent the spread of COVID in our schools, protect students and staff and keep our schools open for in-person learning.