OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla., March 18, 2020—Okaloosa County will begin online education for students at the end of the month due to school closings through mid April.
In a news release yesterday, the Okaloosa County School District announced that schools will remain closed until April 15, but that online classes will begin March 30.
According to a news release from the school district, educators have been planning for this contingency and are developing a continuity plan for students to continue their education at home through online curriculum.
This plan includes providing computers and internet access to students who need them. A call-out will be made by March 20 to survey and identify which students need support.
Additionally, all school activities and events are cancelled until further notice.
All statewide testing for the school year has been cancelled. Okaloosa County School District has not yet received any guidance about placement testing.
Food service for those students who depend on school meals begins today. Grab-and-go meals are available at Baker School and Northwood and Riverside Elementary from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
State food service guidelines require the student to be present for meals to be distributed.
When parents arrives at a meal site, they will be able to receive up to two meals for the day for each student they bring to the site (breakfast and lunch).
Students may pick up meals for themselves without a parent present.