Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran informed Florida Superintendents Tuesday that the earliest K-12 students will return back to school would be April 15, 2020, and that school districts should be prepared to extend the school year well into the summer, according to the Florida Department of Education.

School closures are now in effect for all K-12 schools, the district’s VPK and Extended Learning Programs, Osceola Technical College, and the Adult Learning Center Osceola. That date will be reevaluated every two weeks to determine its feasibility as the pandemic progresses.

At this point, we await clarification from the state regarding student make-up day requirements, any waived days from regular calendars, and any employee-related decisions required pursuant to this direction. All statewide assessments have been cancelled this school year. Information regarding graduation requirements, graduation ceremonies, and other end-of-year activities will be forthcoming as the situation progresses. For now, all mass gatherings of 10 or more individuals are canceled on school campuses until April 15, 2020.

School Nutrition Services Department will provide pack-and-go free meals for students at 12 designated sites, which can be found on the school district’s website, from March 23 – April 15, between the hours of 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Students will need to be with their parents or guardians who come to pick up the meal items, and we will utilize a drive-in procedure through our bus loops to minimize person-to-person contact.