UPDATE - Schools closed for students through May 1.  School will resume virtually for students on Tuesday, March 31. Please visit our new coronavirus website for additional information.

This is Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools. I want to provide an update regarding our plans for dealing with the coronavirus and its impact on our schools.

At this time, our campuses are closed through Wednesday, April 15. However, starting on March 31, learning will resume – even during the time that our schools are closed. That’s when we will transition to Distance Learning.

Let’s start with some key dates:
On Friday, March 27, instructional staff will return to school “virtually” for a 4-hour training related to distance learning.

On Monday, March 30, we distribute devices to parents who do not have a computer at home. This will take place at the school your student attends. We don’t have enough devices to provide a computer to every student in our district. But we will do everything we can to provide appropriate devices to families who don’t have them. We want all our students to have the ability to go online and continue learning.

And perhaps the most important date – on Tuesday, March 31, we transition to Distance Learning. That means school is in session on March 31 – not in our physical classrooms, but online. Our Distance Learning plan is designed to keep students on track so that learning continues even though our schools are closed.

This is not optional. We expect our students to be engaged and learning.

Today, we are sending out a Parent Newsletter that is designed to help students get started with distance learning. Many students already know how to log in. For those who do not, the Parent Newsletter includes a How to Guide to help students and parents access the digital tools.

Please keep an eye out for the Parent Newsletter.

We will provide more detailed information regarding the device distribution and Distance Learning in the coming week.

Let me conclude by thanking our team for their hard work in making plans that will enable us to move forward during this stressful and unprecedented time. Our team started working on this weeks ago, and I believe we are ahead of the curve.
Distance Learning is not new in Pasco County Schools. We have a very successful Pasco eSchool, and we have been able to build on that model. The only difference is the magnitude.
So remember, our campuses are closed through April 15. But school will be back in session on March 31 – through Distance Learning.