This email is an update on the school district’s status regarding COVID-19 and our plans for the future.
Based on recent trends and initial guidance from the state, we will not offer the mySchool Online option next school year. We expect the vast majority of our students to be back in the classroom for in-person learning, and for our employees to return to the classroom or office.
Below is a set of Frequently Asked Questions.
How did you reach this conclusion?
The number of positive COVID-19 cases involving our students or staff have decreased dramatically since the high marks of January. We have seen occasional spikes, yet the overall trends are clear and they are promising. We continue to monitor the numbers closely – both in our schools and in the community at large.
Recent vaccinations are another promising sign. Thanks to our partnership with the Health Department and the efforts of our own employees, we have been able to vaccinate thousands of our employees.
What learning options will be available next school year?
At the start of the pandemic, our school district offered three learning options for students: traditional in-person learning, mySchool Online, and Pasco eSchool. Going forward, we expect the vast majority of students to attend school in person.
Pasco eSchool will remain as an option. It has been a nationally recognized option for Pasco students for more than a decade, and we plan no changes to our successful Pasco eSchool.
mySchool Online will no longer be an option.
Why are you eliminating mySchool Online?
The mySchool Online option was created as a temporary option during the pandemic. The Florida Department of Education only authorized Florida school systems to offer mySchool Online type options for the 2020-2021 school year, and current indications are that such programs will not be authorized by the state for the 2021-2022 school year.
Also, despite our best efforts, our data show that many students who opted for mySchool Online are not succeeding academically and would benefit from a return to in-person learning. There is also a growing body of evidence regarding the mental health benefits of attending school in person with classmates.
Will masks be required in the fall?
No final decision has been made regarding masks. At this time, the county still has a mask order in place, and that could change in the coming months. However, at this time we cannot say with any certainty whether masks will be required or optional, or some other status.
What options are available for medically fragile children?
For a small number of students, Hospital/Homebound is a service to continue instruction at home or in the hospital. Hospital Homebound is not a school of choice and state criteria for eligibility must be met. It is for students who are medically diagnosed as too medically compromised to attend school. Additional information regarding Hospital/Homebound can be found at this link.
I have more questions. Where can I go for answers?
You can submit questions and comments via Let’s Talk. We have created a “Trending Topic” called Education Options for 21-22 in Let’s Talk.
Central Park Family Restaurant is an amazing little family run restaurant in Trinity. We’ve been ordering from them since the Covid-19 outbreak earlier in 2020 and their food and service has always been tremendous. They are located at 7657 State Road 54 in Trinity and are open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
We frequently order both breakfast and dinner from Central Park and have always been impressed by their food. Their extensive menu has a ton of offerings for just about any tastes! My personal favorites are their French toast, Philly Cheesesteaks, fresh pressed Cuban and the fish and chips!
Here’s some additional information provided from their website:
“Originally from New York City, we have served millions the great taste of a New York Diner here in Florida. We vow to our customers to bring the taste of home style cooking with reasonable prices. Quality and customer service has always been our number one priority. Unlike other food establishments or businesses “we are here to make friends!” Please enjoy your dining experience with us and help us continue to grow by telling your friends and family. If you enjoyed your dining experience with us tell your friends and family. If for any reason you did not, please tell us.”
Pasco County Schools has announced the appointment of Cortney Gantt as the new Principal of the Starkey Ranch K-8 school opening in August 2021. Mrs. Gantt is a long time resident and administration team member in the Trinity area and has an awesome reputation as one of the best principals around.
Joining Mrs. Gantt will be Jennifer Frantz, who has been appointed as the Starkey K-8 school’s Assistant Principal.
We’ve provided a list below showing the other staff members that will be part of the Starkey K-8 team.
A new kindergarten through eighth grade school that’s being constructed in the Starkey Ranch community now has an official name: Starkey Ranch K-8.
The school is scheduled to open next fall, and will part of a complex that includes a district park, a theater and library. The district park opened in November 2017.
The quartet of community amenities resulted from a public-public-private partnership involving Pasco County Schools, Pasco County and the Wheelock Communities, the private developers of Starkey Ranch, a community off State Road 54 in Trinity.
Starkey Ranch K-8 School is the public school district’s first school specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.
The school is expected to have about 1,000 elementary school students and 600 middle school students. The campus includes a gymnasium, athletic fields, a running track and sports courts that will be available during non-school hours to residents, through a shared-use agreement.
Additionally, the third part of the partnership involves Pasco County, and involves the construction of what’s been dubbed TLC, which stands for theater, library and cultural center.
The TLC will accommodate public library patrons and students. It also will have a 250-seat theater and three makerspaces.
The Pasco County School Board approved the school’s official name during its Oct. 6 meeting. The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area or historical information about the area.
LUTZ, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Ferber Company (Ferber), a privately held real estate development and investment company headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. announces Cypress Ranch, the largest land development project in company history, including single and multi-family residential, retail, and office. This 164-acre mixed-use development in Pasco County on the south side of S.R. 54 intersects with Ballantrae Blvd, just east of the Suncoast Parkway. Pasco is one of the top 40 fastest growing counties in the United States. Cypress Ranch is situated approximately eight (8) miles and equidistant from two major commercial nodes – Tampa Premium Outlets to the east and Mitchell Ranch to the west.
“We realized the growth of this corridor was far outpacing any area in the Tampa Bay market” shares Ryan Plate, Vice President at Ferber and lead developer on this project. With neighboring Hillsborough County nearly built out from a residential perspective, Pasco has become a prime target for further residential development, and as a result generates the need for more commercial uses to complement that growth. Another contributing element to growth is recent job creation. Over 750 jobs have been created in the trade area in the last two years alone, with more to come, including announcements for extensive office space and a distribution facility within 1.5 miles of the project. Plate’s strategy has been to put together the right team and residential partners to create a mixed-use project that complements the surrounding communities and satisfies the increasing demand.
In 2012, Cypress Ranch, formerly known as Smith 54, was entitled for almost 1,600 multi-family residential units and commercial, but county planners encouraged a variety of residential options, leading Plate to concentrate on gaining the right balance of residential and retail. “Ferber has been committed to the highest level of professionalism in this collaboration,” states, Kurt Kehoe, Florida’s VP of Development for The NRP Group, the award-winning developer of the multi-family component. Kehoe says The NRP Group is looking forward to the project’s completion and what it will bring to this vibrant community. Ferber has worked closely with NRP Group, as well as Lennar Homes who will close on the final parcels later this year, planning approximately 330 multi-family units, 134 townhomes, and 132 single family homes behind the commercial uses.
The commercial elements of Cypress Ranch include EoS Fitness, Aldi, Burger King, Circle K, Honest-1, and Woodie’s Wash Shack, among other national tenants. One outparcel remains along S.R. 54 as well as one larger 6.4-acre tract, which can be subdivided and is suitable for retail, office, medical office, and hotel, among other uses.
Cypress Ranch began construction October 1st and anticipates the first retail openings to occur late 2021 and 2022. For more information regarding leasing and sales, contact Ben Kirk at [email protected], or Ryan Plate at [email protected] for project questions.
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Due to some important events and holidays in November, Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano announces the dates the five tax collector offices will be closed during the month of November. It is our intention to prevent customers from making unnecessary trips to the offices on these dates:
November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) – Election Day
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) – Veterans Day
November 14, 2020 (Saturday) – State of Florida Computer System Upgrade
November 26, November 27 & November 28, 2020 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) – Thanksgiving Holiday
We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience these closures may cause.
With the scheduled opening of Starkey Ranch K8 school for the 2021 school year, there will be a rezoning taking place in order to evenly distribute the population across the available schools. Here is the latest information.
When will the boundaries change? If approved by the School Board, these changes will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Which students will be affected? Students currently zoned for Dr. John Long Middle, Pasco High, Pasco Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary, Wesley Chapel High and Wiregrass Ranch High Schools may potentially be affected.
How will I know which school my child will be attending next year? The maps posted on the rezoning page of the Pasco County Schools’ website, detail the impacted areas: pasco.k12.fl.us/planning/page/rezoning
Will rising seniors be allowed to remain at their current school? Yes, students who will be seniors during the 2020-2021 school year will remain at their current school. Bus transportation on a senior-only bus will be provided for those seniors who are currently eligible for bus transportation.
If my child was previously approved for school choice to attend an out-of-boundary school that is now impacted by boundary changes, do I need to complete a School Choice-Open Enrollment Application for the 2020-21 school year? No, for this rezoning, the Superintendent has determined that students currently on school choice, who are at a school that is being rezoned, will not have to reapply for school choice to remain at their current school.
Can my child attend an out-of-boundary school? School Choice applications are accepted in December and January for schools that have available seats. Parents may submit a request for their child to attend one of those schools for the following year. Siblings of rising seniors and students entering the highest grade served at a school (5th or 8th graders) will be given priority in the school choice process. Click here for more information about school choice.
How do these boundary changes affect bus transportation for my child? Transportation is provided to zoned schools for students who live further than 2 miles from the school. However, transportation to a non-magnet school, that is outside the student’s attendance zone, is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
My child is in an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. Will there be any change due to the new boundaries? If the program your child is in is unique to the school you currently attend then no, the boundary changes should not impact his/her educational services at the newly zoned school. If the same services are offered at the newly zoned school then yes, the boundary changes may impact the school your child attends.
How will decisions about school choice applications be made? The district has a Board approved Controlled Open Enrollment Plan. This plan, reviewed and revised annually as needed, complies with state and federal laws. It established preferences for school choice requests and guides all decisions for parental requests to attend a school of choice. The plan may be viewed at: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/ed_choice/Controlled_Open_Enrollment_plan.pdf
If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us: