Clay Connect

Special Edition: Coronavirus Updates and Resources

March 17, 2020

Superintendent Broskie Coronavirus Update: March 17, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Broskie

Thank you for continuing to follow recommendations and guidelines from our health officials and government leaders during this time. I appreciate your understanding and patience during this unprecedented event.

I know there are still many questions about what our operations will look like over the next few weeks and when we can return to normal. We are continuing to take guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. Please be patient with us as we are in uncharted territory and we are all working to make the best decisions for the health and safety of everyone.

As more information becomes available and decisions are made, we will continue to send out communication to keep everyone updated on our current situation.


David Broskie

School Closures

The Florida Department of Education in conjunction with the Governor’s Office announced that our school district will close starting March 16th and ending March 27th. This window includes our scheduled Spring Break week. Monday, March 30th remains a Teacher Planning Day, with students scheduled to return on Tuesday, March 31st.

State Testing

The Florida Department of Education announced on March 13, 2020 that the start of state testing will be delayed by a minimum of two weeks. Please continue to monitor CCDS social media for additional information regarding state assessment timelines.

Report Cards

Third Quarter Report Cards will be posted to Focus for student and parent view as scheduled on April 2nd. If you have any questions about third quarter grades, please contact your child's teacher when school is back in session.

IEP Information

We have been in contact with the Florida Department of Education and receiving guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C. to determine next steps on completing interim IEP meetings, annual IEP reviews, and IEP services in general. Please note that there is no "expiration date" on Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Rather, there is an annual review that must take place. If that review is delayed, the IEP continues just as it is written.

We will be working with school personnel should this hiatus from face-to-face instruction continue, on ways we will use technology, including meetings via telephone, to conduct IEP meetings. As this information becomes clear, we will share direct guidance on next steps.

Field Trip and Athletics Updates

As of March 17th, 2020, all field trips are canceled for the remainder of the year. Additionally, athletics (practices and competitions) and extracurricular activities are canceled for the duration of school closures.

Continuity of Learning

We are currently in the process of finalizing our Instructional Continuity Plan for all K-12 students. As of March 17th, the plan will be released for use beginning March 31st (following Spring Break), should school closures continue. As stated previously, we encourage 3rd quarter grades to be finalized this week.

Clay County Meal Services

As part of our ongoing efforts to minimize the impact on our students, I am pleased to share with you that we will be providing meal services to students during next week's unscheduled school closure.

The Clay County School District will be providing breakfast and lunch for students during the week of March 16th. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meals will be prepackaged and distributed at the parent pick-up or bus loop to be consumed off site. Children must be present to receive their meal. The preferred way to distribute meals is by vehicle; however, foot traffic is allowed if necessary.

Meals will be available at the following sites:

  • Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High
  • Charles E. Bennett Elementary
  • W.E. Cherry Elementary
  • Ridgeview Elementary
  • Wilkinson Elementary

Meal service menu for March 16th - 20th.

At this time, we will NOT be providing meal service during the regularly scheduled Spring Break (March 23rd - March 30th) per federal restrictions. If this should change, we will notify our families immediately.

Thank you for your continued flexibility as we work to provide resources and meet the needs of our community.

Controlled Open Enrollment and Registration

The lottery for Controlled Open Enrollment was conducted on Monday, March 16th. Over the coming weeks, email correspondence will be sent out to families who submitted an application for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to school closures, the window for registration will be delayed until we are back in session, and will then be extended to allow parents plenty of time to register their students.

Travel Recommendations

Clay County District Schools is following the Florida Department of Education’s recommendations below. This impacts anyone traveling outside of the continental United States and on all cruises.

  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Current CDC travel guidance is available here: CDC Information for Travel.

Current U.S. Travel Advisories are available here: U.S. Travel Advisories.

Call Centers

The Emergency Operations Center has activated a call center to answer questions from the public. Clay County residents can call (877) 252-9362 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. The State of Florida Department of Health 24-hour call center is available at (866) 779-6121.

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