(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Following guidelines from the Florida Department of Education, School District of Manatee County schools will remain closed to students through Thursday, April 30, 2020. All extracurricular activities, including all athletic contests, are cancelled through April 30th as well.
Students will continue to learn and teachers will continue to teach through the district’s “eLearning” initiative which began yesterday, Monday, March 30, 2020. eLearning is instruction delivered remotely and online to the district’s 50,000 students. For more information on eLearning, please visit the eLearning section of the district’s website at www.manateeschools.net.
“We are glad to get back to what we are all here for and that is to provide an excellent educational experience to the children of Manatee County, regardless of the challenges,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “We also understand the need to protect the safety of our students, employees and community; so we are prepared and willing to provide instruction online for as long as it takes.”
First Day Facts for eLearning in Manatee County
29,600 – approximate number of individual students who signed on to Schoology yesterday.
4,400 – approximate number of district teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators who signed on to Schoology.
3,355 – number of lunches and breakfasts for the next day distributed to students by our Food Services Department.
8,000 – approximate number of laptops and computer devices distributed to students by the district through yesterday.
1 Hour – approximate length of time the national Schoology platform was interrupted yesterday morning due to an extreme increase in the number of users across the country. Service was restored by noon and with the exception of some brief glitches was reportedly fully functional for the remainder of the day.