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School Closure -- ACPS COVID-19 Update

  • School Closure -- ACPS COVID-19 Update

    Due to COVID-19, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that students will not return to school until at least April 15.

    Obviously this will have a huge impact on students, families, staff and the entire community. The Florida Department of Education will be providing more guidance over the next few days regarding graduation and other critical issues.  As soon as we have more information, we will certainly let you know.

    We expect to begin providing for 'instructional continuity' for our students soon after Spring Break. We will notify you when we have those plans in place.

    In the meantime, please know that ACPS will do all it can to support students, families and staff during this very, very challenging time.


    During the week of March 16, free packaged meals will be given out to all children age 0-18 at a sites throughout the county. The distribution will be as follows.

    March 16-March 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m: Children will be provided with a packaged, grab-and-go lunch and a breakfast for the following day at all elementary schools, Buchholz, Gainesville, Eastside, Santa Fe, Newberry and Hawthorne high schools, Howard Bishop Middle School and the SWAG Community Center, the Willie Mae Stokes Community Center in Micanopy and at the Waldo Town Center (formerly Waldo Community School).

    March 17-19, 11 a.m-1 p.m.: Children will be provided with a packaged, grab and go lunch and breakfast for the following day at all the sites listed above AND at the Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34 Blvd.) and the old Fire Station 1 (427 S. Main Street) in Gainesville. 

    Sites may be adjusted based on demand. Please check in with this site for updates.

    We recognize the difficulty school closures will create for families, but based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, this step is needed to help safeguard the health and well-being of students, staff and the community.

    Thank you for your patience and for your support of our schools.


    Additional information:

    The district will continue to update COVID-19 information on its website at: www.sbac.edu. The following websites are also good sources of information and are frequently updated:

    Alachua County Department of Health: http://alachua.floridahealth.gov/

    Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

    The Centers for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


    Questions can also be directed to the Alachua County Health Department's Epidemiology Department at (352) 225-4181. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and support as the district, our community and our nation wrestle with this challenge.