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  • Hillsborough Schools Update - July 24, 2020

    Hillsborough County Public Schools Update – July 24, 2020
    School Reopening
    The Hillsborough County School Board approved in a special called Board meeting yesterday to push the school start date to August 24 to give staff and teachers time to prepare. The Board will meet in two weeks to review and revisit the district's reopening plan. The PowerPoint Superintendent Addison Davis shared at yesterday's Board meeting is attached.
    Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
    Superintendent Davis decided to delay the start of athletics and extracurricular activities on campuses by two weeks past the Florida High School Athletic Association guidelines of July 27. Superintendent Davis believes pushing back the start date will allow school administrators to work with their athletic directors to build a timeline to implement proper safety procedures.
    GEER & ESSER Federal Grants
    The district submitted last week applications for the federal Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) grants. These federal grants will provide funding to respond to and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding is imperative as we plan for a healthy and safe school reopening for our students and staff.
    2020 Graduations
    Our 27 traditional high schools, along with our Adult and ESE centers, have been holding drive-thru graduations to celebrate the Class of 2020. During these exciting events, seniors - along with family members - have been driving to the school to receive their diplomas. One at a time, the senior gets out of the car, has their name read aloud, and then walks across the stage to take a picture with the principal and to receive their diploma. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 25 the high schools will release their virtual graduations on our district’s YouTube channel and at HillsboroughSchools.org/graduation.