P-EBT in Florida: Food Assistance for Families While Schools are Closed

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides food assistance to Floridians with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) but whose schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attached is a question and answer sheet to assist with who is eligible for these benefits and how the P-EBT card works.

If someone has not received their benefit by June 30, 2020, they can contact DCF at 1-833-311-0321.

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Questions About Reopening of Schools

If parents have input or questions about the reopening of schools for next year, they are encouraged to submit those through our contact us form. This will help the district understand parents’ thoughts on these topics and help the district identify questions that need to be addressed.

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St. Lucie Public Schools to Resume Summer Outdoor Activities

St. Lucie Public Schools will resume outdoor summer activities. High school athletic conditioning will start next week followed by band camp at a later date. The district’s phased-approach plan was developed through guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH), and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

High School Athletic Conditioning Dates

  • Phase One: June 22- July 3 (light conditioning and weightlifting)
  • Phase Two: July 6-July 18 (moderate conditioning and weightlifting)
  • Phase Three: July 20-July 25 (normal activity resumes)

High School Band Camp Date

  • To Be Determined

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Summer Meal Sites – Free Meals for Children

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St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 2020 – July 31, 2020.  

The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches.  On Thursdays, the meal package contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

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Return to School Parent Survey

St. Lucie Public Schools is already looking ahead to August.  As we are making plans to reopen schools for next year, it is important to hear from parents.  
 
Please take a few moments to complete the brief Return to School Parent Survey.  The survey has been developed to provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to share their input and feedback about returning to school next year.  Each family only needs to complete one survey. 
Parents are encouraged to complete one of the surveys no later than noon on Friday, June 5th. 
 
 
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Mientras estamos terminando este año escolar, las Escuelas Públicas de St. Lucie ya están planificando para el próximo agosto. Como estamos planificando reabrir las escuelas para el próximo año, es importante saber la opinión de los(as) padres y madres. 

Tómese unos minutos para completar la breve Encuesta de Padres/Madres del Regreso a la Escuela. La encuesta se ha desarrollado para proporcionar a los(as) padres/madres y tutores(as) la oportunidad de compartir sus comentarios y opiniones sobre el regreso a la escuela el próximo año. Cada familia solo necesita completar una encuesta. 

Se alienta a los(as) padres/madres a completar la encuesta antes del mediodía del viernes 5 de junio.

 
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Pandan ke nou ap klotire ane lekòl sa a, lekòl piblik St. Lucie deja ap panse a mwa Out ka vini a. Pandan ke nap fe plan pou nou relouvri lekòl ane pwochenn, li enpòtan pou nou konnen opinyon paran.

Tampri pran yon ti moman pou ou konplete sondaj kout sa ki rele “Return to School Parent Survey.”  Sondaj sa develope de fason pou li bay paran ak moun ki responsab opòtinite pou li pataje opinyon yo sou relouvèti lekòl ane pwochen

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Traditional Graduation Dates and Times – UPDATED

2020 gradSLPS is pleased to announce the traditional graduation dates and times.

Ft. Pierce Central High School Courtyard:
June 25, 2020
Mosaic Digital Academy, 8:00 A.M.

Lawnwood Stadium in Ft. Pierce:
June 30, 2020
Lincoln Park Academy, 8:00 A.M.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 11:30 A.M.

July 1, 2020
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 8:00 A.M.
Treasure Coast High School, 11:30 A.M.

July 2, 2020
Port St. Lucie High School, 8:00 A.M.
Ft. Pierce Central High School, 11:30 A.M.

 
 
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Summer Academic Programs Update

Due to the continued health threat associated with COVID-19, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will offer summer academic programs virtually this year. 

The virtual summer program will be expanded to include current Kindergarten through 4th grade targeted students who will receive supplemental reading and math intervention.  Eligible students will be notified by their schools.

Furthermore, SLPS is pleased to announce that all current Kindergarten through grade 4 students will be provided grade appropriate summer packets called “SPARK: Summer Prep Activities to Recharge your Knowledge.” The packets contain lessons that will provide students a review of key standards from the previous year to ensure readiness for the next school year.

 Impacted summer programs include:

• All district operated Summer School Programs will operate virtually.

• Extended School Year (ESY) will take place virtually.

• School based Credit Recovery and Academic Bootcamps will be provided virtually.

• Summer Slide ESOL Programs will take place virtually.

SLPS remains committed to following all guidance provided by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the health and safety of students and employees.  Additional updates will be shared as they become available. 

 

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District Laptop Repair Locations: May 4 – May 8

If your district issued laptop is in need of repair, please visit Fairlawn Elementary School from 9am-11am or Morningside  Elementary School from 1:30pm-3:00pm.  Repair technicians are available and on-site Monday through Friday.

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Free Community Wi-Fi for Students!

SLPS has parked buses at the following locations. The buses are serving as “Wi-Fi Hotspots” so that students can engage in Distance Learning. District issued laptops will connect automatically when in range. Cell phones can connect to “SLPS-BYOD” network (click for instructions).

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Florida Education Impact Survey for Educators and Parents

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has launched a vitally important education impact survey for Florida educators and parents to share their thoughts and opinions on recent crisis response from the Florida Department of Education, their local school district, and their school. This feedback will help us achieve our number one goal of keeping Florida’s students safe while ensuring they continue to receive the best education in the nation.

This short, 2-minute survey, is intended to be completed by parents, educators and students throughout Florida to include and incorporate their opinions on the next steps for education due to COVID-19.

This survey does not request any personal information and your answers will remain strictly anonymous.

Please help FDOE by sharing your opinion on how to move forward, together, to mitigate the spread and to reach out number one goal – ensuring Florida students continue to receive a great education.

Access the survey here.

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Distance Learning will Continue

School campuses will remain closed for the rest of 2019-2020 school year as recommended by Governor DeSantis.
St. Lucie Public Schools will continue Distance Learning until the school year ends on June 2nd.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Please continue to follow all recommendations outlined by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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To the Graduating Class of 2020

You were born in the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11, you lived through the great recession of 2008 and just two years ago, as sophomores in high school, you experienced the tragic events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Now, as seniors, you are feeling the effects of COVID-19.

Our promise as a school district is that you will graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.  No graduating class has been more tested; however, it is through these experiences that we learn about our character, our resolve and our resiliency as we move forward. As your Superintendent, I am committed to doing all I can to honor the Class of 2020 with the graduation ceremony you deserve.

Understanding the need to adjust our traditional graduations due to COVID-19, St. Lucie Public Schools will hold virtual graduations to celebrate and recognize the Class of 2020.  

During the broadcast of the ceremonies, you are invited to gather online with your family and friends as your school recognizes you and confers your high school diploma. The prerecorded, streamed ceremonies will feature valedictorian and salutatorian speeches, digital slides honoring each graduate as their name is called and the traditional “turn your tassel” moment that you can participate in safely at home in your cap and gown. Furthermore, St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to holding live graduations in late June if it is safe to do so. 

Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold our traditional graduations in May, we are committed to commemorating this very special occasion in a unique and memorable way.  I want you and your family to know that we are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

Schedule of Virtual Graduations

May 26, 2020

  • St. Lucie West Centennial, 9:00 A.M. 
  • Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 11:00 A.M.
  • Treasure Coast High School, 1:00 P.M. 

May 27, 2020

  • Lincoln Park Academy, 9:00 A.M.
  • Ft. Pierce Central High School, 11:00 A.M.
  • Port St. Lucie High School, 1:00 P.M.

May 28, 2020

  • Mosaic Digital Academy, 9:00 A.M.
  • Performance Based Preparatory Academy, 11:00 A.M.

The graduation ceremonies will air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie Education Channel, appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV channel 99. Furthermore, a link to the broadcasts will be found on the St. Lucie Public Schools webpage.  Once aired, the ceremonies will be available on-demand on YouTube.

American author, Catherine Pulsifer stated, “Adversity in our life may seem like a problem, however, adversity can make us grow and learn, an opportunity that we may never have experienced. It all depends on how you look at it.” I know that each one of you will overcome this disappointment and go on to achieve great things. 

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District Laptop Repair

Is your district-issued laptop in need of repair?
If so, please visit our laptop repair sites this week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

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Motivation Station Schedule

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

WLX-TV St. Lucie County Education Channel
Appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Hometown channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (under St. Lucie County Community Channels).

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Digital Citizens

Please talk with your student(s) about being a responsible digital citizen. The expectations established at school around the responsible use of computers and the internet carry over into the home for distance learning.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Motivation Station!

WLX-TV St. Lucie County Education Channel
Appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Hometown channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (under St. Lucie County Community Channels).

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How to Access Canvas Through an App on your Phone

Canvas is the learning platform that all students will use for distance learning. Students will be expected to log in daily to access their courses and find their lessons/assignments. Canvas is accessible through your phone, tablet, iPad or laptop computer. This video will show you how to access Canvas through an app on your phone.

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A Message to Parents About Distance Learning

​We understand your concerns about computer access, however, we want you to know that your child does not need computer access all day long. Teachers are very mindful that students will not be logging on for “live face-to-face” type lessons all day or on a tight schedule. Students will check their assignments and do offline work as well. Tutorials and guides will be shared with students and parents to effectively learn the Canvas and/or TEAMS App[s] which allows them to participate on a phone, iPad, or Tablet if a computer is not available. Students can do their work at any time of day that is convenient for you. As we transition into distance learning, teachers and students will be working together to determine what works best for their classes and their families. We understand that distance learning will look a little different in each home. During this time, communication with your child’s teachers is imperative as we are all navigating these uncharted waters together. We thank you for your patience as you take on the new role of distance learning support for your child.

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We want to thank you…

We want to thank you in advance for your support, patience and understanding as we work to meet the needs of all our families.  We are committed to making sure you have what you need for Distance Learning.

A school messenger phone call was sent home yesterday evening, March 23rd to all families who will be checked out a device tomorrow afternoon.

Please DO NOT show up to pick up a laptop if you did not receive a district phone call yesterday.  Once again, we are asking for your cooperation and ONLY come to pick up a laptop if you received a phone call yesterday.

This is only Phase I of our laptop deployment.  Phase II will take place later in the week with more phone calls will be going out on Wednesday evening for a pick-up time later in the week.  This process will continue until we make sure that every household has at least one digital device for learning in their home.

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Preparing for Remote Learning

All students (K-12) have a district email address and will be using this email to communicate with their teacher(s). Furthermore, all students will need to log into their digital learning platform, CANVAS, daily to access their lessons and assignments.

The instructions on how to access your student district email and the on-line learning platform, CANVAS are located here:

How to Prepare for Remote Learning

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Students. We want to make sure you have everything you need to begin online learning. Included below are instructions to download Microsoft Office if you have not already done so and instructions to access the on-line platform that everyone will need to use. If you do not recall how to access your student email or you are new to student email, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Log in to your student email.

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Step 2: Download Microsoft Office from your student email by clicking on Install Office.

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Step 3: Download Canvas App on your phone or tablet.

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  • Using your App Store on your Android or Apple device, search for Canvas Student.
  • Install/Get the App.
  • Enter “Stlucie” in the Find your School/District field. When the full name appears in the search list, tap the name.
  • Students will need to enter their 56#@stlucieschools.org and the lunch number for their password when prompted.

Step 4: Login to Canvas through your email on your computer and take the Venture with Canvas course for students in grades 4-12 to learn more about Canvas and how to complete assignments and interact within Canvas.

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  • Within your email, click on the App Selector (also known as the Waffle).
  • Click on All apps —>
  • Under Admin selected apps, you will see Canvas.
  • Venture with Canvas is an optional resource to help provide students/parents with some information on how Canvas works. Please note this course is meant as a guide.

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SLPS Laptop Deployment Phase I: March 25, 2020

SLPS is preparing for distance learning by distributing laptops to families that meet the following criteria:

  • The family completed the Digital Readiness Survey

AND

  • There is not at least one digital device in their home

AND

  • The student(s) are receiving free or reduced lunch at school

Families who will receive a laptop in Phase I, will be contacted on Monday, March 23rd through a School Messenger phone call with the time and location for laptop pick up.

  • Families will be checked out one laptop for all students in the house to use. Parents must bring an official ID to check out the laptop.
  • Do NOT show up to pick up a laptop if you are not contacted on Monday, March 23rd by a School Messenger call.
  • We will be deploying 4,500 laptops on Wednesday, March 25th. Those combined with the nearly 4,000 laptops already in the hands of Port St. Lucie High School and Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy students through their 1:1 digital device initiative, represents a large percentage of families in St. Lucie Public Schools.
  • SLPS is committed to working to meet the needs of our families and we thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation and understanding.
  • Phase II of laptop deployment will happen later in the week and will allow for even more families to check out a laptop.

Comcast has taken steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days:

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has been increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. Learn more at www.internetessentials.com
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Distance Learning for Students

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, students will have access to on-line lessons and programs to begin learning at home.

 SLPS has posted an Extended Spring Break Resource Page at https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/extended-spring-break/ with learning programs available now for all grade levels; Pre-K through 12.  For this initial week, students should access these resources as they transition to learning digitally. These resources include fun games and programs along with suggestions for educational activities that parents can do with their child at home.

In addition to the Extended Spring Break Resources,  Elementary Students should complete 45 minutes of iReady instruction in reading and math daily. Middle and High Students should continue to work daily on all programs they are already enrolled in which varies based on individual student schedules.  These programs include, but are not limited to, iReady, Reading Plus, Achieve 3000, Math (Algebra) Nation, Kahn Academy and Edgenuity Credit Recovery.

Students will be contacted by their teacher(s) on Monday, March 23rd and can expect regular communication to continue weekly going forward.

If your child is not contacted by their teacher(s) on Monday, March 23rd please call the school and notify the school principal.

Beginning March 30th, all students will learn how to log on daily to Canvas for attendance, lessons and teacher guidance in all subjects.  Middle and High School students will have core content lessons through Edgenuity and additional teacher directed lessons or tutoring through Canvas.

Student schedules will be flexible and include off line activities as well which will allow for sharing of devices within each home.  Parents and students will receive very specific instructions from teachers based on grade level and subject.  Hotlines will also be available for additional assistance.

Parents can download Microsoft office for use at home for free at  https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/its/microsoft-office-students/

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Free Meals for Children

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals at the following school sites to children in St. Lucie County from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 2020 – July 31, 2020. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, the meal package contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

North County (Green Zone)

  • CA Moore Elementary School, 827 N. 29th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34947
  • Forest Grove Middle School, 3201 S. 25th Street, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34981
  • Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34947
  • Francis K. Sweet Elementary, 1400 Avenue Q, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34950
  • Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34951
  • St. Lucie Elementary, 2020 South 13th Street, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
  • Weatherbee Elementary, 800 E. Weatherbee Road, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34982

 

East County (Blue Zone)

  • Northport K8, 250 NW Floresta Drive, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34983
  • Village Green Elementary, 1700 S.E. Lennard Road, Port St. Lucie Fl 34952

Community Locations

  • Sabal Chase Apartments, 100 Corner Drive, Fort Pierce Fl, 34947 (Monday-Friday, 11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.)
  • Sands of St. Lucie Apartments, 2750 US HWY 1, Fort Pierce Fl, 34982 (Monday-Friday, 12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.)
  • St. James Christian Academy, 6501 NW Saint James Dr, Port St. Lucie Fl 34983 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.)

West County (Red Zone)

  • Bayshore Elementary, 1661 Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34984
  • Manatee K8, 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34986
  • Oak Hammock K8, 1451 SW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34953
  • Windmill Point Elementary, 700 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie Fl, 34953

Staff will be on-site to prepare and distribute breakfasts and lunches, which will be bagged and distributed to families in the bus loop. Parents and guardians can drive, bike, or walk to these locations. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal, but parents must provide one of the following forms of identification for children who are not present at a serving site:

  • School ID
  • Birth certificate/passport/religious record
  • Library Card
  • Progress Report/Report Card
  • Daycare record
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Update March 18, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Florida Department of Education Announces Additional Guidance for the 2019-20 School Year

~ All public and private K-12 schools are closed through April 15, 2020 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 17, 2020 – Today, the Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran are using executive authority to support the Florida Division of Emergency Management to ensure Florida citizens are kept safe.

“The containment of COVID-19 is essential, and this is not a decision we made lightly. Districts have taken action and have instituted distance learning as a necessary precaution to protect students, educators, families, and Florida’s overall public health,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and stopping the spread of this virus. These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. I will continue to work with the Governor, Superintendents, Florida College System and the State University System to do whatever we can to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”

Commissioner Corcoran is taking the following actions, effective immediately:

School Districts

All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020.   

  • Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible to implement distance learning. 
  • School districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 
  • For Collier, Duval, Sumter and Union county school districts, which are all completing their extended spring break on March 20, 2020, school campuses will remain closed through April 15, 2020, although they will begin instruction virtually on March 23.
  • To support students with identified IEP-related services who may have a disruption in services, school districts are given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services until later in the summer months, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team. 

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

St. Lucie Public Schools to remain closed.

The Florida Department of Education has announced that students will not return until April 15th.

All state assessments have been canceled for this school year.

Online Instruction for students in St. Lucie Public Schools will begin on March 30th. More detailed information will be shared in the coming days.

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

When will school start again?

After careful consideration and continued conversation with public health experts and officials at the Florida Department of Educationthe decision was been made to close all St. Lucie Public Schools through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. As of now, students are due back to school on April 15th.

What is the district doing to clean the schools?

Every school is undergoing a deep cleaning.  This consists of using hospital grade disinfectants that are approved to kill COVID19/coronavirus and other disease-causing germs.

Where can my child get food during the school closures?

Currently, the “grab and go meals” are available from 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday, at CA Moore Elementary, Northport K8 and Treasure Coast High School. These bagged meals contain breakfast and lunch items and are being distributed at the bus loops of those schools. Children must be present to receive a meal.

What will happen with my child’s education if schools don’t re-open soon?

In the event that schools are closed beyond March 27th, the Office of Teaching and Learning has developed an Instructional Continuity/On-Line Learning Plan.  This plan will allow for your child to continue instruction from home beginning March 30th if needed.  In the interim, we have identified resources on our coronavirus webpage students can access now if they would like.

What if I don’t have WIFI or a computer?

Comcast is opening its Xfinity Network nationally for FREE for two months. For students who don’t have Wi-Fi at home, this will help them receive online instruction if necessary. Find out more at: internetessentials.com 

Also, the district has a survey available that is enabling us to determine which families may need to borrow a laptop computer so that students can continue learning at home.   Access the Survey

We will be communicating directly with families about how we will get the digital devices checked out to you.

What should my family be doing to stay safe?

We encourage all families to follow the guidance of experts and continue to implement the universal health precautions such as washing your hands and covering your cough. Furthermore, the latest recommendations from the CDC recommend that you should not attend any events where there are more 10 people and simply stay home if possible.

Please make your messaging to your children positive and solutions-focused. Make children feel empowered by sharing proactive steps that you are taking as a family.

Remind your children that you are being diligent about washing hands, avoiding crowds, and taking care of your health. Try to maintain structure, including reading with your children every day. It’s important that children know there is some movement toward a solution within your family and in the community.

What about graduation in May or my child’s prom which is scheduled for April?

There have not been any decisions about events in April or May yet.  All updates will be posted here.

I need to register my child for school how can I do that if the school district is closed?

 The Student Assignment Office is operating Virtually.

Open Enrollment for Elementary and Middle School is March 2 – March 31, 2020.

Please call 772-429-3930 for assistance.

Please feel free to reach our office via email for any of your school assignment needs. 

Applicants with Parent’s Last Name Beginning with letters:

A-F        Barbara.Baez@stlucieschools.org

G-L         Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

M-R       Yanet.Pla@stlucieschools.org

S-Z          Raffaella.Copoola@stlucieschools.org

General Questions Student.Assignment@stlucieschools.org

Waitlist or Change of Address    Fresnel.Sanon@stlucieschools.org

McKinney Vento (Homeless) Kylee.Fuhr@stlucieschools.org

Home Education Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment CoordinatorKandiss.Davis@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment DirectorMichelle.Jerger@stlucieschools.org

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Update March 17, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

State Testing Update:
 
The testing window for Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading and Grades 4–10 ELA Writing has been postponed by two weeks.
 
The assessment window originally scheduled for April 1 will now open on April 15.   These are the only updates to testing that we have at this time.
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Update March 17, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

The Student Assignment Office is operating Virtually.

Open Enrollment for Elementary and Middle School is  March 2 – March 31, 2020.
 
Please call 772-429-3930 for assistance.
 

Please feel free to reach our office via email for any of your school assignment needs. 

Applicants with Parent’s Last Name Beginning with letters:

A-F        Barbara.Baez@stlucieschools.org

G-L         Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

M-R       Yanet.Pla@stlucieschools.org

S-Z          Raffaella.Copoola@stlucieschools.org

General Questions Student.Assignment@stlucieschools.org

Waitlist or Change of Address    Fresnel.Sanon@stlucieschools.org

McKinney Vento (Homeless) Kylee.Fuhr@stlucieschools.org

Home Education Marie.Milfort@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment Coordinator Kandiss.Davis@stlucieschools.org

Student Assignment Director Michelle.Jerger@stlucieschools.org

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Update March 16, 2020 @ 2:45 PM

ACT Testing
 
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. 
 
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Preparing for Distance Teaching and Learning
 
Comcast is offering families Xfinity WiFi free of charge for the next 60 days.
Located throughout the nation, Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once you have located a hotspot, you should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch your web browser.
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Update March 14, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Feeding Locations Available During Spring Break Monday March 16th – 20th

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services will be serving meals for students in our community, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020, at the following schools:

Chester A. Moore Elementary: 827 N 29th St, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 Northport K8: 250 NW Floresta Dr, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

Treasure Coast High School: 1000 SW Darwin Blvd, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34953

Child Nutrition Services Managers across the District will be staffing the open locations.

Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area which will allow for parents to drive through and pick up meals with their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car 18 years of age and younger. Children must be present in the car to receive meal(s). Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals and ask families to please remain in their cars while in the pickup line.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department at child.nutrition.services@stlucieschools.org

Please note: A more expansive and detailed food plan is in place for the extended spring break week of 3/23 – 3/27. Please follow this website for updated information.

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Update March 13, 2020 @ 6:00PM

This is Superintendent Wayne Gent.  The Florida Commissioner of Education has just announced  that  spring break will be extended by one week.  For St. Lucie students spring break will begin on March 16th and students will return on March 30th.  All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are cancelled effective Monday, March 16th.
 
12 month employees will continue to report to work.  All other employees will be notified next week as to when to report back to work.
 
Please know that we will communicate with you as information becomes available. Please continue to visit this website for updates regarding how the Covid-19 virus is impacting schools or activities.
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Update March 13, 2020 @ 3:30 PM

The SAT scheduled for Saturday, March 14 will continue as scheduled.
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of its emergency preparedness efforts, SLPS continues to be proactive in our preparation and preventative measures. The school district is prepared for any contingencies but please note as of this date, March 13th, there are no confirmed COVID 19 cases in St. Lucie County.

The Office of Teaching and Learning has developed a handbook for teachers and families including online courses and supplemental resources for students to use at home if school must be closed. The handbook will include directions on how to access lessons; any needed training will be incorporated.  The District is collecting information to ensure that all elementary parent and secondary student emails are updated.  Furthermore, the District is determining digital readiness of families and employees.

Please review the following important information:

Employee and Student Travel 

Re-entry of Students and Staff returning from ALL Cruises and ANY International Travel 

  • It is not advised by the CDC to embark on ANY cruises.
  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who goes on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
  • Seek medical advice and contact the Health Department if you exhibit any symptoms, (772) 462-3800.

Field Trips / Athletics

  • Out of state school field trips have been cancelled.
  • · All In-state field trips have been cancelled.
  • · Athletic contests will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • · We will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health regarding travel

All Employee Professional Leave, In State and Out of State, has been cancelled.

We understand that this may be a stressful time for you and your family. There are resources available here on the District’s website that may provide support.

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students is a user friendly guide to support you during this uncertain time. Finally, check our website frequently for the latest information about coronavirus. Thank you for your commitment to our students. Remember to practice good hygiene and follow the recommendation of the CDC and Health Department. Please contact your Principal/Supervisor with any questions.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy spring break.

Sincerely,

E. Wayne Gent
Superintendent

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Update March 11, 2020

Field Trips

  • Out of state school field trips have been cancelled.
  • In-state field trips have not been impacted as of today. The District reserves the option to cancel or reschedule field trips at any time due to health concerns to students and staff.
  • We will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and follow their guidance regarding in-state travel.

Employee Professional Leave: In State and Out of State

  • Please discuss your professional travel plans with your supervisor.
  • In state travel will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • All out of state professional travel is cancelled effective immediately.
 
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Update March 6, 2020

St. Lucie Public Schools continue to follow the expert information and guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County regarding the spread of coronavirus.

We are closely monitoring the health and attendance of students and staff, and are working diligently to keep our schools, facilities and buses clean.

At this time, state public health experts have advised that the majority of people impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19 have been senior citizens or individuals with compromised immune systems. The District has not made plans to cancel activities, athletic events or field trips at this time.

We ask that all families continue to implement preventive health care measures including:

• Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoiding the touching of one’s eyes, nose and mouth.

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Staying home when sick, especially when running a fever.

• Coughing or sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue and immediately discarding it into the trash.

• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

All touch surfaces in schools are being cleaned daily using a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner concentrate providing broad-spectrum disinfection.

If a student or employee exhibits respiratory symptoms, our school health paraprofessionals will follow standard precautions and work with the Department of Health in St Lucie County.

St. Lucie Public Schools requests that all parents, guardians and staff inform their school/supervisor by telephone if they themselves or people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk (Japan, South Korea, Iran, China and Italy) for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work the Department of Health and those individuals will self-isolate at home for 14 days before they may re-enter school or return to work.

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Update March 5, 2020

St. Lucie Public Schools remains in close communication with the Florida Department of Health to make appropriate operational decisions and to keep employees and the public aware of the most current recommendations from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These actions address precautions upon re-entry to school after travel, new student registrations, and student and staff travel/field trips.

Re-entry of Students and Staff Traveling from Level 3 High Risk Countries (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy)

St. Lucie Public Schools requests that all parents, guardians and staff to inform their schools/supervisor by telephone if they themselves or people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk (Japan, South Korea, Iran, China and Italy) for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work the Department of Health and those individuals will self-isolate at home for 14 days before they may re-enter school or return to work.

Registration of New Students from High Risk Areas

Any new families arriving to St. Lucie Public Schools from high-risk areas (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy) or students who have family members who recently traveled to those high-risk areas are also requested to telephone the school district for instructions prior to registration. School officials will work with the Florida Department of Health to determine the appropriate registration and attendance plan for those students.

Employee and Student Travel/Field Trips

Any school-sponsored or district-sponsored travel to high-risk areas (Japan, South Korea, China, Iran and Italy) will be cancelled. Currently, the Department of Health advises that it is safe to proceed with scheduled in-state field trips.

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Update March 2, 2020

The health and safety of your children is our top priority. District personnel continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County about concerns across the country and around the world regarding the flu and coronavirus.

Our district is taking proactive measures to help protect students and staff from the spread of the flu and/or the coronavirus.

Physical- School Campuses

  • All touch surfaces in schools are being cleaned daily using a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner concentrate providing broad-spectrum disinfection.
  • Additional supplies of hand sanitizer have been ordered to make handwashing readily available in larger gathering areas such as cafeterias, gyms and buses.
  • There is extra cleaning of areas where germs are most likely to spread such as restrooms and locker rooms.

Medical -Preventing Germs from Spreading

  • School health paraprofessionals and Department of Health Nurses are following regular procedures for any student who is exhibiting signs of influenza. All necessary precautions will be taken to protect the safety and well-being of all students.
  • Teachers are encouraging children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school.
  • Encouraging children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Reminding students to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations.

Educational- Continuing Learning at Home

  • The Office of Teaching and Learning is exploring options to deliver lessons virtually should students need to stay home.
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Update February 28, 2020

The health and safety of your children is our top priority. District personnel are in close contact with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County about concerns across the country and around the world regarding the flu and coronavirus. We will continue to work with the Health Department to review our strategy and plans in how we as a school district would respond to a case in our local area.

We want you to be aware that there are no reported cases of coronavirus anywhere in Florida, including here in St. Lucie County. This message is not to alarm you, but to inform you that our district is remaining vigilant as we monitor the situation and seek further information to protect your children.

Here are some steps your family can take to protect against any known viruses or sickness:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations.
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Extended Spring Break Resources

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Resources

Florida Department of Health #COVID19 Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov your questions.  Florida Department of Health

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students – Our guide to assist with recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety or worry in students and the steps to referring them to the appropriate mental health professional(s) on their schools’ campus.

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Brain Pop Video (for Kids)
Talking to Kids about Coronavirus
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With Coronavirus Disease