4/18/2020 Governor DeSantis announced that public schools in Florida shall remain closed to students through the end of the school year. We understand that you may have questions about how this affects a wide variety of significant end-of-year activities. As decisions are made regarding end-of-year functions and all other school related activities we will share that information.
The School District is preparing to offer a virtual elementary summer program. So that we can plan further, we need your input. Please click below to complete this short survey.
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, schools throughout Florida and the United States are on extended breaks in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time.
Students will not return to school for the 2019-2020 school year.
STATE ASSESSMENTS CANCELLED
Per the direction of Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran, all Florida state assessments are cancelled for the current school year.
SCHOOL RELATED EVENTS CANCELLED
This is a rapidly changing situation across the state and I thank you for your patience. We will share information as soon as we receive it and we will keep you informed as new K-12 education directives are given by the Governor and Commissioner of Education.
Superintendent Brenda Longshore
All employees of the School Board of Highlands County will partner with students, families, and the community, to prepare our students for a successful future by building a strong foundation for responsible citizenship, preparation for college and careers, and empowerment to achieve personal excellence.
Transforming Today’s Learners into Tomorrow’s Leaders
School Board of Highlands County
426 School Street
Sebring, FL 33870
Message Center: 863-471-5556
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Highlands Virtual School Open Enrollment for the 20-21 school year begins May 13, 2020 - August 13, 2020 for grades K-12. Information and application can be found on the Highlands Virtual School website. https://hvs.highlands.k12.fl.us/
- Citizens Advisory Committee Member Application
- HCEA Negotiation Meeting Notification
- SBHC Policy Manual
- 19/20 Board Approved Calendar
- Teachers Assigned Out-of-Field
- Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting new volunteer/mentor applications at this time.
Except as provided by law, The School Board of Highlands County shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or genetic information, exclude individuals from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity in any employment condition or practice, or be denied equal access to school facilities if the organization is The Boy Scouts of America or other patriotic youth groups.
We have worked with local and state law enforcement as well as with school districts from around the nation to be proactive, and we have made changes to our school safety practices. Videos created with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will be shown to students in kindergarten through 12th grade during the first week of school.
Because children are at different developmental levels, we have created three separate videos appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12.
We want to make sure parents have the opportunity to view these videos prior to school, and our hope is that families will have discussions with children about the importance of following procedures should an emergency arise.
The Public Records Custodian for the School Board of Highlands County is:
Andrew Lethbridge, Deputy Superintendent
426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870
Phone: (863) 471-5555
Fax: (863) 471-5673
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