Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2020

All public and private K-12 Florida schools to be closed through April 15

Coming off the heels of Florida Atlantic shutting down their campus and movie strictly to online for the remainder of the Semester, now it looks as if public school students in Palm Beach County will have to wait a little longer to return to school than earlier expected.

State officials have announced on Tuesday that all public and private K-12 schools in Florida will be closed through April 15, and that students will take part in remote learning instead.

The closures will affect all public and private K-12 schools, along with career and technical center campuses, according to new guidelines released by the Florida Department of Education.

State officials said school districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30.

In a statement, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said:

“The containment of COVID-19 is essential, and this is not a decision we made lightly. Districts have taken action and have instituted distance learning as a necessary precaution to protect students, educators, families, and Florida’s overall public health. We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and stopping the spread of this virus. These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. I will continue to work with the Governor, Superintendents, Florida College System and the State University System to do whatever we can to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”

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