March 12: Schools closed March 13/Covid-19 preparedness and prevention

A Message from Superintendent Jan Jehring: Florida schools closed Friday, March 13

We were informed earlier this evening that a member of a household connected to our schools is under quarantine while awaiting test results for the coronavirus/COVID-19.

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in our District at this time, as a precautionary measure the Florida Union Free School District will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. This closure is in effect for all students including those attending out-of-district programs.

Our administrative team is in close contact and coordination with the Orange County Department of Health and the District’s Medical Director. We will continue to monitor this situation to determine if any additional action is needed beyond tomorrow’s closing.

As of now, classes will resume on Monday, March 16. In the event of a change, we will inform you through the District’s notification system and continue to post all updates on this dedicated page. If you have any questions, please consult the information and resources section.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and for your help in keeping our students and community healthy and safe.

March 12 Morning Update

A letter from Superintendent Jan Jehring

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am writing this letter to provide an update on the prevention and preparation measures the Florida Union Free School District is taking in relation to COVID-19. We are following the guidance of the New York State Education Department (NYSED), New York State Department of Health and the Orange County Department of Health. While I do not have many answers about what the future will hold, I want to share more details about the preparations we are making and what would happen in the event of an exposure.

Prevention and Preparation

  • Increasing cleaning protocols of common areas during the day and after school hours.
  • Based on the latest guidance from the Orange County Department of Health we are limiting large gatherings. School activities that involve large numbers of participants will be postponed.
  • The use of the school buildings outside of school activities will be limited beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
  • Monitoring the use of emergency days and the steps NYSED will take in the event of an extended closure.
  • Monitoring the guidance from NYSED regarding supporting instruction from home. This has not been released yet. Although we are unclear of the guidance, we are making preparations to support education remotely in the event of an extended school closure.
  • Reviewing all field trips and making adjustments as needed.

Exposure to COVID-19

In the event of a suspected case of COVID-19 we will follow the guidance from NYSED and the NYS Health Department and will work closely with the Orange County Department of Health to determine the level of exposure and appropriate measures. This type of situation would be handled swiftly and shared with the school community as quickly as possible to limit any additional exposure.

In the event of a confirmed case in our school buildings, there will be a school closure and extensive disinfection. The length of the closure will depend on the circumstance and may be extended. We are committed to taking all of the steps possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional measures as appropriate. Our first priority continues to be the health and safety of the members of the school community.

I would like to thank our staff, faculty, students and  their families for their continued understanding and cooperation through this uncertain time. Ours is a community that comes together around shared challenges and shared achievements. We appreciate your continued support for one another and for our children in particular.

Sincerely,

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools