It was a challenging year and a half. Thankfully, the COVID-19 rates in our community are decreasing, more people are being vaccinated, and our district has now made the decision that eLearning will not be an option, bringing most of our learners back into the classroom.
“The importance of face-to-face instruction cannot be undervalued,” says Superintendent of Schools Addison Davis. “We recognized the majority of children learn, thrive, and grow most responsively when they are in the presence of their teachers and peers. Now, with the decrease in COVID-19 cases, we can begin moving toward a new, stable way of work.”
For those families who aren’t yet 100% comfortable returning to the classroom, we encourage them to enroll in Hillsborough Virtual K-12. HVK12 is a perfect fit for families looking for flexibility. This choice option allows students to learn with certified Hillsborough County Public School teachers, participate in school clubs and athletics and keep state funding (FTE) in our district.
The health and safety of our students is a top priority. In August, we will continue to have sanitation stations in every classroom; face coverings available for any student who needs one; and directional signage in the hallways. School leaders will encourage social distancing, handwashing, and healthy practices overall.
As for face coverings, they are optional. Masks will be the decision of each family and student, and all children will be supported in our schools with the choice their family makes. Parents need to know that their teachers will not be checking that students wear face coverings. If it is important for parents to have their child wear a face covering, it is up to the parent to explain and direct their student to do so.
The district will continue to work with our local health partners at Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida Health to monitor conditions throughout the community this summer and into the fall.
Our dedicated teachers and support staff will ensure a culture of excellence in our schools and are focused on providing a safe, caring environment for your child to learn and grow.
For more information about what our schools have to offer, go to www.HillsboroughSchools.org/Future.
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