HILLSBOROUGH RESPONDS

An eLearning & school closure update for our families

A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS

Dear Families,


I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.


It’s been a busy week for our district—and we have made decisions that, I believe, will enormously benefit our learners.


We came to the decision this week, under the guidance of the State Department of Health, to keep summer school virtual. Your school and teachers will reach out if they think your student would benefit from virtual summer school. We also decided all fee-based programs, including HOST, will be postponed through June. This is for the health and safety of our students and staff. After that, we will reassess and make a decision for the second half of summer.


I’d also like to keep you updated on important moves I have made in consideration to the leadership in our district. This week, I introduced the new Executive Team members for Hillsborough County Public Schools. These individuals have been selected to assist with improving teaching and learning within our school district. I have no doubt the new Executive Team members will help our district excel and help give our learners a world-class education. In the near future, I hope we will be able to better introduce these individuals to our families and community.


Lastly, I must once again thank you for your commitment in partnering with our staff to make eLearning such a success. I know it’s difficult—but I also know, together, we will come out of this stronger and more determined to further accelerate our district to greatness.


Respectfully,


Addison Davis

Superintendent of Schools

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SUMMER SCHOOL WILL BE VIRTUAL

We want to update you on our plans for summer school.


Due to social distancing guidelines still in effect by the CDC and recommendations from the Florida Department of Health, our district will continue eLearning throughout the summer.


We have put virtual plans in place for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are below level or need additional credits.


Our Summer School plans will provide Grab-and-Go Book Packs with independent reading materials, including culturally relevant texts and practice sheets, to spark our readers' imaginations. The packs will be available to learners in Grades K-4.


Your school and teacher will reach out if your student is in need of virtual summer school.


Additionally, all fee-based programs will be postponed through the month of June. This includes our summer HOST program. Our district will reassess this later in the summer.

ELEMENTARY TEACHER READS BEDTIME STORIES TO HER STUDENTS EVERY NIGHT

ESE Teacher reads bedtime stories to students through zoom

"It's a comforting way to end our day knowing that we're going to be okay"

Joni Cagle loves being an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Hunter’s Green Elementary School.


The students in her class all have specific learning disabilities.


“So, they all have individualized educational plans which makes it a little challenging because they all have very specific needs, challenges and strengths,” said Cagle.


Cagle knew this change to eLearning was going to be a challenge, and wanted to do something extra to make her students more comfortable.


“The kids miss us and we miss them,” said Cagle.


For the past few weeks, Cagle has been reading bedtime stories to her students every Monday through Thursday nights. Sometimes special guests like the principal, teachers and even parents will read a book to students.


Read more about Cagle's sweet idea

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR FAMILIES

DELIVERING ON OUR LITERACY FAIR PROMISE

Remember a few months ago we held an Early Education Literacy Fair and HUNDREDS of people showed up?


We ran out of books and some families left without.


Saturday morning, we made it right.


School Board Member Dr. Stacy Hahn, Bess the Book Bus, and of course Ready Freddy invited those families to Shields Middle, where they all received home libraries specifically chosen for their children.


The families drove through... socially distanced of course... and received their books!


The ❤️ of reading is strong in Hillsborough County Public Schools! 📚❤️📚

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