AHS Re-Opening Plan



We are excited to welcome our students on Monday, August 24th for the first day of the 20-21 school year! It is very important that you review all of the information below to partner with us in a collective effort for a successful reopening. Many things are going to look, feel and be different, but we are truly excited to welcome all of our Anclote Sharks back to school!

AHS Expectations Video:

AHS Covid-19 Prevention Tips

Updated Bell Schedule

Due to delay of the start date of school, we have had to adjust our bell schedule. Please see our updated start/end times. There will be NO Early Release Days during 1st semester. We have also added a 3rd lunch in order to better physically distance students at lunches in the cafeteria and courtyards.

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Pasco County Schools REOPENING Website Link

Please stay tuned to the Pasco County Schools ReOpening Website. This site is constantly updated by our District with all of the latest information regarding the reopening of schools. CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE REOPENING WEBSITE!


It will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to their students about changes to expect this school year (social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, etc.).

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Anclote Sharks remember to STAY SAFE by following on campus health and safety expectations:

· Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer

· Keep a safe distance of at least 6 ft. when interacting with others

· Cough or sneeze into the crease of the elbow or in a tissue

· Avoid contact with others

· Avoid touching your face

· Stay at home if you are ill

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How Can Families Help with these Efforts?

· Wear a mask

· Wash your hands

· Screening your child each day for a temperature or sickness (see screener below)

· Use your own supplies

· Bring your own electronic device (laptop, tablet, iPad)

· Bring personal hand sanitizer

· Bring a reusable water bottle

· Wash your masks regularly

· Sanitize/wash your lunchbox and backpack

Mask Requirement

Our school district requires that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks or face coverings when on a school campus or other school district property in the fall. In this video, Superintendent Browning explains the reasoning behind the decision.

The proposed rule describes what qualifies as a mask or face covering and under what circumstances the mask can be removed. It also describes how the school district will make accommodations for students or staff members who have a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a mask or face covering. A summary of the proposed rule can be found here.

Mask Breaks: Teachers will incorporate mask breaks for students. A student may raise their hand and request a break. The teacher will permit the student to step into the empty hallway, within sight of the teacher through the window, and remove their masks for a minute or two.

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Daily Screeners

We are counting on parents/guardians to screen your student for illness every morning before you send them off to school. The district will NOT be providing a DAILY health screening for either students or staff. Link to STUDENT SCREENER located on the AHSWEBSITE

o Fever (greater than 100.4);

o Sore throat;

o New uncontrolled cough, that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

o Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain;

o New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. ***

o Other symptoms listed by the CDC include chills, fatigue/muscle or body ache, new loss of taste or smell, and congestion or runny nose. Many children have very mild or no signs or symptoms of illness.

o If you still have questions about when to seek emergency medical attention.

Expectations for Picking up Sick Students

If your student becomes ill while at school, you will need to have a plan for timely pick up. The CDC states that in developing plans for placing students with symptoms in an isolation area, schools should be mindful of appropriate safeguards to ensure that students are isolated in a non-threatening manner, within the line of sight of adults, and for very short periods of time.


There will now be three lunches this year to help reduce the number of students in close contact with each other. Inside the cafeteria some tables and seats will be marked to ensure that students sit 6ft away from one another and keep a safe distance. Students will also be able to use the outdoor seating area and can sit at picnic tables underneath the awnings outside of the cafeteria, gym, and in the courtyard to ensure proper distancing from one another.
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Arrival, Dismissal & Passing

Arrival: Busses will unload two at a time to ensure large groups of students are not congregating together. Students will also be directed to get their breakfast and go directly to their classroom to avoid large crowds gathering on campus. Every morning we encourage families to use the screener questions on the AHS website to ensure their child is healthy enough to attend school.

Passing: Students will be allowed to use the exterior and interior secondary exit doors in order to reduce the amount of students entering and exiting one area. Buildings will also have Enter/Exit only doors to reduce the number of students in close contact with one another. We will also have signs encouraging students to "stay right" to help with traffic during passing time.

Dismissal: Unlike previous years where students had to gather together and wait for all busses to arrive before being dismissed, students will be encouraged to go directly to their busses after dismissal which will greatly help to reduce large crowds gathering at the end of the day. Students in Building 300 & 400 will also be able to use the exterior exits to help reduce crowding in the hallways

Athletic Events

During athletic events social distancing procedures will still apply and masks must be worn inside the school gym. During sporting events we will expect families to stay spaced 6ft away from other spectators and the stadium and gym will have a reduced max capacity to ensure spectators can properly socially distance themselves.