School Closure ExtendedFlorida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran has announced that schools will remain closed through May 1 due to COVID-19, which means the new target date for reopening schools is Monday, May 4.
Teachers and schools are in the process of contacting all families through email and by phone to provide guidance on remote learning and discuss any specific needs their students may have, such as paper packets or devices. Please be sure to check your emails regularly for messages from the school. Because teachers are working from home, most are using personal phones to contact families, which may show up as an unknown or private number on your phone’s ID. We ask that you please pick up during the school day if possible or check phone mails regularly for messages from teachers or other school staff members. Good communication between teachers and family will help make the transition to remote learning easier for everyone!
If you have not heard from your teacher by Friday, April 3, please contact your child’s school.
All Alachua County Public School teachers are transitioning their lessons to a remote learning platform, and many have already completed that process. For those who have more students or are teaching more classes, the process may take a little longer. In the meantime, the district’s Instructional Continuity Plan has activities for each grade level and subject that are based on the state’s learning standards and will help keep your student engaged. You can find the Plan at https://bit.ly/39poIS6.
You will need to access these materials through myPortal. If you or your child don’t know or can’t remember their myPortal user name and password, please follow the instructions at https://bit.ly/3bxBhvZ.
If you do not have a Family Access account, you can get one by contacting your child’s school.
Obviously this is a very busy time for teachers and other school staff, who are working under very unusual circumstances. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as well work to keep students engaged and learning during this difficult time!
School Counselors Available
We realize that the COVID-19 crisis is creating additional stress for all families. If your student is experiencing significant emotional distress, our school counselors are available to provide support by phone or video chat. You may contact your child's school or email the counselor directly to set up an appointment during school hours.
If an immediate need for counseling arises outside of school hours, the Alachua County Crisis Center can assist at (352) 264-6789.
Meals & Meal Site Information
Children 18 years old and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch from Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department. Meals will continue while schools are closed.
There are 76 distribution sites throughout Alachua County. That includes schools, community sites and even stops along school bus routes that serve a large proportion of high-needs students.
The locations are available here.
Mondays through Fridays, children will receive a cold, grab-and-go lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. At the schools and community sites, meals will be distributed from 11a.m.-1 p.m. The bus drop off times will vary depending on the stop and route. Families are urged to check the schedule for bus stop distribution.
The district has also received permission from the federal government to provide meals to students to eat over the weekends. Those meals will be given out to students on Fridays.
Children do not have to be enrolled at a particular school or program to receive meals. They also do not have to be eligible for free and reduced price meals during the regular school year to take advantage of the program.
Coronavirus Info Links
The district will continue to update COVID-19 information on this website. The following websites are also good sources of information and are frequently updated:
Alachua County Department of Health: http://alachua.floridahealth.gov/
Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/
The Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Questions can also be directed to the Alachua County Health Department's Epidemiology Department at (352) 334-8810.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as the district, our community and our nation wrestle with this challenge.