School closures due to COVID-19 concerns are extended through May 1 according to school district officials.
Students had been set to return to the classroom April 15, but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick confirmed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran extended the closure during a conference call Monday afternoon.
Wyrosdick said he was disappointed by the news, but he said the district’s distance learning program is prepared for the extended closure.
“The plan we have for providing instruction materials is pretty solid,” he said.
The districts distance learning website, http://srcturnkey.com/students/parent-student-info/, launched Monday morning, and teachers began connecting with parents this week to provide educational packets to students via school pickups. Sixth through 12th grade students will also have access to online materials and Microsoft Teams online classrooms.
Wyrosdick said students without access to the internet or internet enabled devices will still be able to access instruction through the packets and resources provided.
Santa Rosa County’s last day of classes was set for May 29. That date may be extended to make up for lost instruction.