Late this afternoon, Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, extended the Public Schools’ Spring Break until March 29, 2020, reopening on March 30, 2020. Our Catholic schools will follow the same directives, so schools will close through March 29, 2020, reopening on Monday, March 30, 2020.
What does that mean for us? · All Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orlando will take a two-week break with no instruction from March 14 – March 29;· Those Catholic Schools whose Spring Break fell at a different time will move their Spring Break to March 14 – March 29.· At this time, our standalone Early Learning Centers, including Angel in Arms in Ocala; St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School and Annunciation Catholic Academy, both in Altamonte Springs; and Good Shepherd Catholic School in Orlando, will remain open during their regular school hours in order to serve our working families, especially those serving in the healthcare and public safety areas.Parents/guardians will receive further information from their principals. We will continue to monitor the situation as we have planned for virtual learning. Also, please note additional cancellations, which occurred in the weeks and days prior to this announcement:
· All after-school and athletic events are canceled until schools reopen and activities are deemed safe to resume.
· Per the recommendations of the CDC, our schools have enhanced their cleaning measures, using appropriate precautionary procedures.
· Field Trips are canceled until schools reopen and activities are deemed safe to resume.We will continue to closely follow protocols and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health.