Bay District closing public schools a week amid coronavirus concerns
BAY COUNTY — All Bay District public schools will be closed and extra-curricular activities will be canceled the week following spring break to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
According to a Friday statement from Bay District, all non-charter schools will be closed March 16-20 for spring break and then the week of March 23-27, per instructions from the state Department of Education. Also, all extra-curricular activities, including field trips, are canceled until at least March 27.
The district’s announcement was part of a larger statewide decision to close all public schools in Florida in response to the coronavirus, which has continued to spread around the U.S. in recent days.
And during the time off, Bay District plans to take no chances with possible school contamination.
“During the two-week closure, all schools will undergo additional disinfecting and sanitizing in preparation for the return of students and staff,” the statement reads.
Also, Bay Base will be open as previously scheduled during spring break for those families who registered, but it will not be open March 23-27 at any location, the statement reads.
“All of these plans are subject to change, per the DOE, and we will release more details as we have them,” the statement reads. “All 12-month employees should report to work as regularly scheduled on March 23 and await further instructions.”