Schools closed through April 15, classes go online

free medical pix.jpeg(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Education officials announced that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), public school students in the state of Florida will not return to school until Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at the earliest. That means school districts across the state, including the School District of Manatee County, will need to begin using “Instructional Continuity Plans” to make sure students are able to continue their course work even though they will not be in school.

In Manatee County, we will be using a learning management system named Schoology, which teachers use to create lessons and communicate with students. Next week, our teachers and schools will be working hard so they can be prepared to begin delivering lessons to your students at home on Monday, March 30, 2020. We will also be working with families who need access to computers and technology to get their children’s lessons.

We will be providing you more details on how this will all work during the next week. In the meantime, for additional information, please visit the Coronavirus section of our district website at

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