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April 1 – A Brief Update from Sarasota County Schools 

April 1, 2020 -- 8:10 PM

 

Good evening families,

We hope you all have had the opportunity to experience the Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs (ICAN) Plan today, in some form or fashion – welcome back to school! We wanted to share a couple brief updates regarding the Governor’s recent Executive Order and the distribution of mobile devices.

  

Executive Order 20-91

This afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91 Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency. To clarify, Executive Order 20-91 does not change any of the recently adjusted district operations of Sarasota County Schools.  We will still be supporting students and families with distance learning through the ICAN Plan, as well as meal distributions. The vital role of the public education system is commended at both the state and federal level, alongside other crucial pillars of society, such as first responders and health care professionals. Thank you for all the ways you have shown support for the teachers and staff members at your schools!

  

Mobile Device Distribution

If you have already successfully completed the Mobile Device Needs Survey, a communication will be sent to you from the IT Department about tomorrow’s distribution. Due to Executive Order 20-91, to minimize contact and ensure the health of all individuals involved, the daily distribution of computers will be discontinued after tomorrow (Thursday, April 2). If your child cannot access any computer, please communicate this to your child’s teacher. They will contact the district’s IT Department, who will work with you and the teacher on the best method to provide access to a device.

As a reminder, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is available to anyone who needs internet connectivity in Comcast service areas. Please go to www.InternetEssentials.com as quickly as possible to begin the connection process.

  

We will continue to share updates with you as new information becomes available to us. Please continue to stay safe and practice good health habits.

--Sarasota County Schools