News: Pasco County Schools To End mySchool Online

30 Mar

Parents/Guardians,

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.

Let’s Eat: Central Park Family Restaurant

17 Mar

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.”

You can view their extensive menu’s by clicking this link: Central Park Family Restaurant Menu’s

Central Park Family Restaurant
7657 State Road 54
New Port Richey, Florida 34653
727-376-7402

Events: Generations Christian Church Egg Hunt

9 Mar
Generations Christian Church in Trinity will be holding THE GREAT EGG HUNT at their church campus located at 1540 Little Road, in Trinity. Here is the information from their Facebook page.

Petting zoo, inflatables, pony rides, and face painting! You’re invited!

March 27 10AM-12PM
1540 Little Rd, Trinity, FL 34655

Egg hunt times:
10:15 Elementary
10:45 Preschool
11:15 Elementary
11:45 Preschool