This page provides information and resources to families and employees about the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Alachua County Public Schools. Please note, information is always changing and we will provide the latest updates as soon as possible.
You can learn more about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information about the local response to COVID-19 is available from the Alachua County Health Department and the Alachua County COVID-19 Dashboard.
Parents and employees can call the Alachua County Health Department’s K-12 Schools Helpline at 352-420-8993 Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm, with questions about COVID-19. After hours, parents and employees can call 352-334-8810 or 352-334-7900.
JANUARY 4, 2022 UPDATE: Impact of COVID-19 on School Operations
Alachua County Public School families:
As expected, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools are rising rapidly. So far today we’ve had reports of 50 students and 18 employees testing positive. It’s likely this is an undercount due to the lack of tests available in Florida.
To put these numbers in context, we had just five student cases and no employee cases the entire week before Winter Break.
We expect this trend to continue over the next few weeks. You can review case numbers on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
With more cases, we will also have more staff absences, which may unfortunately affect our operations. For example, it’s likely there will be more bus delays. Our Transportation Department will notify families through email, phone messages, and texts if their child’s bus will be late. A full list of late buses can be found on the district’s website at www.sbac.edu/latebus.
We also expect more absences among teachers and other school staff during this current COVID-19 surge.
As a precaution, magnet program open houses scheduled for this month will now be held online. Those scheduled for this week will be delayed until February. A revised calendar and links to the open houses will be posted here by Friday, January 7.
The Alachua County Health Department is offering vaccinations at all elementary and middle schools this month. Students can get first, second or booster doses, depending on their needs and eligibility. To have your child vaccinated, please fill out a consent form and submit it to your child’s school before the clinic date. Consent forms and the clinic schedule are available here.
We appreciate your patience as our school and district administrators and all staff members do their very best to serve your children during this challenging time.
Review the January 2 Update to ACPS Families here.