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DISTRICT NEWS Back to School Update & Information Monroe County School District will continue to remain in compliance with the most recent Emergency Rule issued by the State of Florida Surgeon General. We will NOT be following the new CDC guidance, as the Emergency Rule supersedes all county and CDC guidelines. Masks are strongly encouraged for all students and staff. Our school policies for students and staff remain in place and can be found on the MCSD website. Community members who are visitors to our campuses are expected to wear masks and be in compliance with the guidance issued by the health department and wear masks in district buildings.
We ask parents to use early pick-up only when necessary. Please report to the office to pick-up your child early. No child will be called out of class from 3:15-3:45.Parents, please provide the office with a note so that student can receive a pink dismissal slip for release. Students will not be released to a person not listed on the student information sheet unless a parent contacts the office ahead of time. • Please find this in the Parent/Student Handbook located at Keysschools.com
Thank you to our local Winn Dixie for your floral donation to Horace O’Bryant’s Art Class. With your donation, the middle school art students engaged in an art form linking them to artists and artworks through the ages. They learned how to create and analyze the uses of lines while creating beautiful still-life floral artwork.
Monroe County School District Press Release September 23, 2021 The Monroe County School District is aware of the new Emergency Rule issued by the Florida Department of Health Wednesday afternoon regarding changes to quarantine rules for students. The rule, which can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/64DER21-15.pdf, gives parents a choice whether or not to quarantine a student exposed to Covid-19 who is not exhibiting symptoms of the disease. MCSD will comply with the Emergency Rule, signed by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. The district urges all parents, particularly those with students who are known to have been exposed to Covid-19, to continue to monitor those students closely for symptoms of Covid-19 and to keep them home if they show any symptoms at all. "Our main goal is to keep students and school staff safe from disease so they can continue to attend school every day," said Superintendent Theresa Axford. "We need everyone to work together toward that goal. We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks while indoors, practice safe-distancing, cleanliness and to be vaccinated if eligible. These are the steps we know will help us to reach our goal of keeping our schools healthy and operating at their full capacity."
A big thank you to Jill Campbell with the Autism Society of the Keys, a local nonprofit 501c3 that help children and families locally affected with autism, who provided autism sensory boxes to HOB classrooms!
If you or someone in your family is feeling sick or tests positive for Covid that means everyone who has had close contact with the infected person may very well be carrying the virus. It is important for those who are symptomatic, or who have been exposed to the virus to stay away from others until the danger of spreading the virus is over. This means staying away from school until the danger of infecting others is past.
In addition to the standard supply list, masks are optional for all students. K-8 must have their own headphones or earbuds and need to bring a non-glass water bottle with a lid. All middle school students will need a backpack which will be stored in lockers throughout the day.