COVID-19 Update from the School District of Manatee County:
School District of Manatee County Parents, Families and Employees,
As of Tuesday, January 18th, the COVID-19 positivity rate in Manatee County was over 30% – the highest rate registered since the pandemic began. That is up from 28% last week, according to the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.
In response, the school district is employing additional proactive mitigation measures to keep cases down. Additional measures include reviewing all extra-curricular and co-curricular events in our schools for possible re-scheduling until a time when the Manatee County positivity rate returns to a reasonable level.
The updated restrictions will supplement mitigation measures put in place following the holiday break such as more social distancing; limiting non-essential visitors to school campuses; holding meetings virtually and providing access to testing sites at John Marble Park in Bradenton as well as the MCR School-Based Health Clinics at Manatee Elementary and Southeast High.
At this time Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) has not canceled or postponed winter sports activities. We will continue to monitor any updates from the FHSAA.
School district leadership will work closely with school Principals to identify events which can be postponed and rescheduled. The district’s goal is to provide a safe, healthy learning and work environment for all students and staff.
District leadership will continue to review and update COVID protocols based on feedback from all stakeholders and the Florida Department of Health.
Thank you for your collaboration and support.