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How Tampa Bay area school districts are handling distance learning for kids

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 14:57:29-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that Florida schools would remain closed until at least April 15. This is how local districts are handling the distance learning.


  • From March 23-27, the schools will go through a deep cleaning process so employees can engage in activities to support digital learning.
  • On March 24 and 25, schools will distribute devices. A laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone will be needed.
  • WiFi will be needed. Contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 if you don't have WiFi for your student already. Wifi service will be free for at least 60 days for students, no connection or service fees.
  • You will need an R2D2 login. Click here for help.
  • On Monday, March 30, the district will fully transition to course specific assignment led by teachers using Microsoft Teams.
  • Elementary School resources found on Clever. Here's a Youtube link for step by step instructions
  • Middle School resources found on Clever. Here's a Youtube link for middle and high school students
  • Click here for step by step instructions


  • Teachers will use both Edsby and Clever for eLearning.
  • If a teacher has difficulty, Hillsborough Schools has virtual trainings to help use the platforms for student learning
  • Access either platform, you need your username (students number) and password (student's usual Windows or District password)
  • We're expecting the district to release more information but in the meantime, you can read their contigency plan by clicking here.


  • We're waiting on an update on how the district will do distance learning
  • The district is currently surveying parents for a plan that will include both online and paper-based learning methods. They are asking about access to technology.


  • Training for teachers on distance learning will take place virtually on March 27
  • There is a plan in place to implement distance learning on March 31
  • More specifics are expected to be released soon


  • We're expected to hear more details Wednesday


  • Manatee County schools will be using Schoology for teachers to create lessons, design content and communicate with students.
  • Employees will use March 23-27 to train
  • Education to students will begin on March 30


  • The district will provide electronic devices for grades 3-12 to check out for home use. Students in grade 3-5 will be issued one to take home
  • The district is taking steps to get students access to internet at home through various projects, like the 1Million Project.
  • K-2- iReady home access. Login through Clever. Work packets will provided by classroom teacher
  • Third through fifth grade students will have core and supplemental materials
  • Students in grade 6-12 already have a district provided mobile device
  • Click here for more information from the district and to access materials


  • The district is developing a remote learning continuity plan providing alternative, online assignments.
  • The district is making sure instructional materials are available to students as internet access can pose a challenge to some families.
  • The district says it's working to fix the issue, such as sending mobile hot spots to more rural areas and utilizing bus drivers and food service employees in createive ways.
  • Once a plan is finalized it will be sent to families.

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