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June 18, 2020
Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 18, 2020) – Pasco School Superintendent Kurt Browning today announced a plan for returning to school in the fall. The plan, called ReOpening Pasco Schools, offers students three options for the 2020-2021 school year.
“Parents sent us a message loud and clear: they wanted options,” Browning said. “Many are eager to have their student return to school and see their teachers and classmates. But many aren’t ready for that yet. There’s an option here for everyone.”
Pasco is offering three options.
In recent weeks, Pasco sought input from families and staff to learn what their comfort level and priorities were for the start of the school year. The district conducted focus groups and gathered ideas, thoughts, and concerns via a tool called ThoughtExchange. The huge and enthusiastic response made it clear that parents, students, and staff were very interested in how the district would handle the return to school. Primary among their concerns were cleanliness at school and the need for options.
The plan was announced in phone calls and emails to staff and families on Thursday. The next step is that families will be asked to choose an option for their student(s) by July 1. This will enable the school district to start making staffing decisions.
In Pasco, the school year begins on August 10.
The district website includes an introductory video from Superintendent Browning, a fuller description of the three options, as well as a set of FAQs. The website URL is https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/reopening