Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Florida schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year and that distance learning will continue through the end of the school year, which for Alachua County Public Schools will be May 29. Superintendent of Schools Karen Clarke has more information for parents here.
Commonly Asked Questions
Obviously many families have questions about the impact of the COVID-19 virus and the closing of schools on their students. We've provided answers to the most commonly-asked questions here. We'll keep updating this document as new information becomes available.Instructional Update
Teachers have transitioned their lessons to a remote learning platform, which is available to parents online or through paper packets. If you need help accessing your child’s work, such as packets or devices, please contact your child’s teacher or school. Be sure to regularly check your email or your child’s district email account for messages from teachers and school staff.
Technical assistance is also available for families having trouble logging into online resources, such as Google Classroom, myPortal, etc. and for those who need help using or signing onto Family Access. Families can visit the Technical Support page or contact the Call Center at (352) 955-7051. We ask that those calling the phone number be patient as there are times when call volume is heavy.
Schools are making devices available for families that need them. If you are interested in receiving a device, please contact your school.
School Counselors Available
We realize that the COVID-19 crisis is creating additional stress for all families. If your student is experiencing significant emotional distress, our school counselors are available to provide support by phone or video chat. You may contact your child's school or email the counselor directly to set up an appointment during school hours.
If an immediate need for counseling arises outside of school hours, the Alachua County Crisis Center can assist at (352) 264-6789.
Meals & Meal Site Information
Children 18 years old and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch from Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department. Meals will continue while schools are closed.
There are 78 distribution sites throughout Alachua County. That includes schools, community sites and even stops along school bus routes that serve a large proportion of high-needs students.
The locations are available here.
Mondays through Fridays, children will receive a grab-and-go lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. At the schools and community sites, meals will be distributed from 11a.m.-1 p.m. The bus drop off times will vary depending on the stop and route. Families are urged to check the schedule for bus stop distribution.
The district has also received permission from the federal government to provide meals to students to eat over the weekends. Those meals will be given out to students on Fridays.
The district has received permission from the federal government to also provide snacks and suppers at 29 of the meal distribution sites. For more information click here.
Children do not have to be enrolled at a particular school or program to receive meals. They also do not have to be eligible for free and reduced price meals during the regular school year to take advantage of the program.
Free Internet Access through School bus WiFi Program
To support students without internet access, Alachua County Public Schools is launching School Bus WiFi, a program that will send school buses equipped with free ‘hot spots’ into local communities.
School Bus WiFi is available at 45 sites throughout Alachua County for three hours every weekday. Students within about 150-200 feet of the bus, either at home or in a vehicle, will be able to access the network school bus wifi. A password will not be needed, but the district is requesting that people limit the use of the network for distance learning ONLY.
Students and their families are reminded to maintain social distancing when accessing the program. NO supervision will be provided, and children should NOT be left unattended at the sites.
If your child needs a device or a paper packet of school work, please contact your school directly.
School Board Meetings
To protect the health and well-being of School Board members, staff, students and the public and in keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order of March 20, School Board meetings will be held virtually during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Agendas for meetings will continue to be posted here.
Citizens can submit their input through email at email@example.com by 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Those who prefer not to use email may go to the School Board meeting room located at the District Office at 620 E. University Avenue to offer their input. The Board members will not be physically located in the room but will be able to see and hear the speakers. Finally, those who wish to comment on an agenda item can call 352-955-7613 during the meeting, and those who wish to provide citizen input on non-agenda items can call 352-955-7544 during the meeting as well.
To maintain social distancing, the number of people in the Board room will be strictly limited, and all will have their temperatures taken before entering. Members of the public will be able to watch the meetings live on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydIqRtzUHvNlsReBrAu9nw