Alachua County Public Schools is committed to providing a high-quality education while protecting the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families. Our COVID-19 Response Plan outlines the steps that the District is taking to meet both those commitments.Our schools reopened for in-person instruction in August 2020 with the guidance and support of the Alachua County Health Department and the Scientific Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC), a team of doctors from the University of Florida specializing in pediatrics, public health, and infectious disease. Any scenario in which many people gather together can pose a risk for COVID-19 transmission. However, schools can effectively reduce that risk by layering prevention measures like face coverings, physical distancing, and vaccination for eligible groups.We will continue to consult regularly with our public health officials and medical advisors to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect our students, families, and staff.
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for ACPS Students 12 and Older
In partnership with the Alachua County Health Department, Alachua County Public Schools has scheduled vaccination clinics at middle and high schools for students 12 and older. Students will be able to get both doses of the vaccine for free during the school day. Students ages 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and effective for teens. The vaccine is delivered in two doses, about three weeks apart. The dates for each school are below.
Buchholz High School: Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. and Friday, June 4 at 9 a.m.
Eastside High School: Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. and Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m.
Gainesville High School: Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, June 3 at 9 a.m.
Hawthorne Middle/High School: Monday, May 17 at 11 a.m. and Monday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
Newberry High School: Monday, May 17 at 9 a.m. and Monday, June 7 at 9 a.m.
PAM @ Loften High School: Monday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. and Monday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Santa Fe High School: Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Bishop Middle School: Thursday, May 27 at 9 a.m. and Monday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
Ft. Clarke Middle School: Friday, May 28th at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, June 15 at 9 a.m.
High Springs Community School: Monday, May 24 at 9 a.m. and Monday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
Kanapaha Middle School: Wednesday, May 26 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, June 15 at 12 p.m.
Lincoln Middle School: Tuesday, May 18 at 12 p.m. and Tuesday, June 8 at 9 a.m.
Mebane Middle School: Monday, May 24 at 9 a.m. and Friday, June 11 at 12 p.m.
Oak View Middle School: Friday, May 21 at 9 am and Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m.
Westwood Middle School: Monday, May 17 at 1 p.m. and Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m.
Digital Academy students can participate at their school. Digital Academy students will need to remain on-site for 15 minutes following the vaccination. To limit the number of visitors on campus, parents will not be present for the clinics.
ACPS employees who work in middle and high schools can participate on their school's scheduled day.
Vaccine Consent Forms
Students ages 12 to 17 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian for each vaccination. Students 18 and older may sign their own forms.
These forms should be submitted to your school within 10 days of each vaccination clinic. Students can bring the form with them on the day of their school’s clinic if necessary, although we ask that you return the form ahead of time to help your school and the Health Department organize the clinics. Again, the consent form must be signed for a student to receive the vaccine.
Use the links below to download the form and other information about the vaccine. You can contact your child’s school to request a hard copy of the consent packet.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form
- Pfizer Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- DOH Notice of Privacy Practice
If you have any questions, please contact your school or Prescott Cowles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 955-6954.
Florida Department of Education Guidance Regarding Masks in Schools
The following guidance regarding Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Orders was issued by the Florida Department of Education to school districts on May 3, 2021:"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.