Florida schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

It’s been a week since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Sports will be cancelled, graduation has been postponed, and modifications will be made for summer school and grade enhancements. They have also provided a list of dates reflecting how the rest of the year will look.

The eLearning system will continue as it has been until May 29.  “We will continue to make certain that we will provide wrap around services to our children, meaning mental health services, emotional support services along with grab and go meals will continue to make certain students have all they need to close out the year,” Superintendent Addison Davis said in a recorded interview provided to the media.

The graduation ceremony has been moved to July 14 at 12:30 p.m. if CDC guidelines permit gatherings of larger than 50 people. Virtual ceremonies, however, are still a possibility if guidelines do not change.

“The health and safety of our students, staff and community must be our primary concern,” Davis said

The new opportunities for grade enhancement will also take place online. If students have received a D or F on their third quarter report card they have to communicate with their teacher to enhance that grade. The teacher will then give them the required assignments for them to complete. In order to participate in the grade enhancement plan, students must reach out to their teachers by May 1.

As for the summer school/extended school year plan, the county is still working on plans that are individualized per student and comply with the CDC guidelines.

“We’re caching momentum and I think that [DeSantis’] decision signifies a sense of care for our entire community. As that relates to the work in Hillsborough County, we’re ready to go and we will continue to provide high quality instruction to everyone of our students,” Davis said.

The dates for all end of year tasks are as follows:

  • 4/30: Student uniform return. Athletes should return uniforms to the location that their coaches tell them on this day.
  • 5/5: Cap and gown pickup, textbook return, senior event refunds, and locker contents collection for seniors only.
  • 5/13: All students who already purchased a yearbook can pick them up on the bus ramp.
  • 5/26: Students return all devices and underclassmen return textbooks and pick up locker belongings.
  • 5/27-28: All seniors will pay off debts in the vestibule.
  • 5/29: Last day of school for all students.

More information to come on details and times at as the events get closer. However, all events will take place while students remain in their cars in order to abide by guidelines.

Hillsborough along with the rest of the grab and go lunch checkpoints will continue to serve a week’s worth of lunch on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To receive lunch, students must provide their name and student number.