ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida public schools, private schools, colleges and universities are either closing or making scheduling changes amid the coronavirus pandemic. How is your local school addressing the issue? Read updated information below:
Sumter County will resume classes on March 23.
All schools will be closed an additional week beyond Spring Break and return on March 30. State testing will also be delayed by two weeks. Extracurriculars and the KidZone and Beyond Spring Break Camp have been canceled.
The Florida Department of Education said all schools will close for an additional week beyond their spring break and will return on March 30.
State testing will also be delayed by two weeks and all extra-curricular activities will be suspended for that time. However, SATs are still on as scheduled for Saturday.
The school district said the spring break extension will not affect its facilities and offices, only schools.
Because of coronavirus concerns, Marion County Public Schools will close all schools for two consecutive weeks effective Friday.
The district will be closed through March 27.
All extracurricular activities have been canceled during that time.
Volusia County Schools said Friday that it is extending its spring break by an additional week because of coronavirus concerns.
The school district will be closed from Friday until March 29. Classes will resume March 30.
All extracurricular activities will be canceled during the next two weeks.
Testing will be delayed for two weeks, the district said.
Officials said anyone who travels on a cruise must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning.
Flagler Schools said Friday that Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said all schools must take an additional week off because of coronavirus.
Students will not report to school until March 30. All extra-curricular activities across the state are also postponed for 14 days.
"A decision such as this is not an easy one to make," Flagler County Superintendent James Tager said. "I understand this will put pressures on many of our families, but the Flagler Schools team will be working to determine what, if any services, we can give our families the week following spring break."
The school district said the Florida Department of Education is pushing back all state testing by two weeks.
Brevard Public Schools said Friday that any student, faculty member or staff member who goes on a cruise or travels to another country must self-isolate for 14 days upon return, and all field trips and overnight athletic events have been canceled through April. Classes resume on March 30.
Out of an abundance of caution for students, staff and the community, and because of safety concerns related to COVID-19, all extracurricular events and activities for students in Marion County Public Schools through March 24 have been canceled or postponed. Classes resume March 30.
This includes extracurricular and sporting competitions, club-based outings, district events and events attracting more than 250 people.
Click here for a list of events.
The University of Central Florida said Wednesday classes are moving online, beginning Monday.
Students are asked to not return to campus for two weeks.
Rollins College said Wednesday that it is moving to online classes for the remainder of the semester.
"Professors will continue to teach their classes on their current schedule," Rollins College President Grant Cornwell said. "Instead of meeting in person, classes will meet online. We will make every effort to ensure that seniors graduate on time and all students continue to make progress towards their degrees."
Cornwell said spring sports schedules will be cancelled.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University said it will switch to remote instruction for two weeks, beginning March 23.
Officials said in-person classes are expected to resume April 6.
Bethune-Cookman University students are being directed not to return to campus from spring break for at least two weeks, school officials announced Thursday. Students are being notified through email blasts and B-CU’s website and social media channels.
“All of us are confronted with an unprecedented global health issue,” said B-CU president E. LaBrent Chrite in a statement. “We are taking our lead from the State University System of Florida (SUSF) in order to be proactive and help keep our students healthy.”
Valencia College will resuming classes Monday, but the college said it is working with faculty to move as many classes as possible online after their return from spring break.
Seminole State College announced Friday that it is moving classes online effective Monday, March 16.
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