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HCPS Health and Safety Protocols

With fewer than four weeks in the 2020-2021 school year, Hillsborough County Public Schools remains committed to closing out this year with the health of our students and staff at the forefront.

All HCPS health and safety protocols will remain in effect through the end of this school year, including requiring face coverings for all students and staff while on campus.

Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed two Executive Orders EO-21-101 and EO-21-102 regarding local COVID-19 policies. These Emergency Orders DO NOT impact school districts or individual schools.

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) sent out guidance late yesterday confirming that the Governor’s orders DO NOT apply to school districts instead they ONLY impact city and county government entities. The FLDOE specifically states neither EO-21-101 nor EO-21-102 impact any school district’s policies for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

We thank our students and staff for their resilience this year and for following all protocols.

Please see below for the guidance issued by the Florida Department of Education.

Guidance on State of Florida’s Executive Orders 21-101 and 21-102:

Questions have arisen over the impacts of the Executive Orders EO-21-101, which is not effective until July 1, 2021, and EO-21-102, which is effective immediately.

To clarify, EO-21-102 only impacts city and county governments, and does NOT impact school districts and individual schools.

Moreover, EO-21-101 and EO-21-102 only impacts restrictive COVID-19 orders/ordinances that are adopted through emergency enactment.

Neither EO-21-101 nor EO-21-102 impact any school district’s policies for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.