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Spring Break Travel Advisory

Pinellas County Schools' Community,

 

The health and safety of our students, staff and community remains a top priority. Pinellas County Schools continues to work closely with local health officials, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education and Pinellas County Emergency Management to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

 

Following Spring Break (Monday, March 23 for staff and Tuesday, March 24 for students), a specific procedure will begin for any student, employee or person who needs to come to a school and meets the following criteria:

  1. Has traveled out of the country OR
  2. Has gone on a cruise

Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc) who travels anywhere out of the country or on a cruise MUST self-isolate for 14 days upon return. In addition to the regular procedures for reporting an absence, call your principal, tell them you need to report a mandatory self-isolation.

 

This requirement from the Department of Education, Department of Health and CDC could change, even during Spring Break. We will continue to follow and communicate any new requirements.

 

Pinellas County Schools continues to prepare and plan for all contingencies that could result from COVID-19 in the coming weeks. Our goal is to keep students safe, healthy and learning. We understand that the current situation may be causing apprehension for our families and community. At the current time, schools will be open following spring break based on the direction of and constant communication with local health officials, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education and Pinellas County Emergency Management. Coordination with our local health officials is directly aligned with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html):

 

“Any decision about school dismissal or cancellation of school events should be made in coordination with your local health officials. Schools are not expected to make decisions about dismissal and event cancellation independent of their local health officials. Dismissal and event cancellation decisions should be considered on a case-by-case basis using information from health officials about the local conditions."

 

Should the situation change we will notify our students and families via all communication channels including our website and social media. We will also continue to post updates regarding COVID-19 on our website: pcsb.org/coronavirus.

 

Sincerely,

Michael A. Grego, Ed.D.

Superintendent