Under a new state rule, any students or school employees who travel outside the USA or go on a cruise over spring break must isolate for 14 days before returning to school.
IMPORTANT Spring Break Travel information:— Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch) March 13, 2020
New state rule: After traveling out of USA OR going on a cruise, ALL MUST ISOLATE 14 days before returning to school. For latest updates: https://t.co/w5lm7zZxdg pic.twitter.com/E20sx9IZoH
Hillsborough County Schools Tweeted about the new guidelines, citing requirements of the Florida Department of Health.
Pinellas and Pasco counties also said they are supporting the state rule.
A specific procedure will begin following spring break if a student, employee or another person who needs to come to a school and meets any one of these requirements:
- Has traveled out of the country or gone on a cruise within the past 14 days
- Believes they may have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus/COVID-19
- Believes they may have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath)
Any person who fits any of those requirements must complete a "return to school report."
It is available on the Hillsborough County school district's website or you can call the school and say you need a "return to school report" and have an employee at the school complete it for you using their computer at the school while you are on the phone.
There are currently no special restrictions on travel within the United States.
Spring break for most schools in our area begins March 16.