Covid 19 Information for COES
New LINK for Sharing POSITIVE Test Results
A new procedure has been developed to assist staff and students when submitting positive COVIDresults. All NEW cases must be submitted using the following LINK. We will no longer accept positive COVID results via email: email@example.com. Submissions using the old email, will be redirected to the new LINK which takes you to a new Mach form, in which a copy of the positive test result will need to be uploaded.
Pasco County Schools will continue to collaborate with the Pasco County Health Department to provide COVID testing starting as of August 4, 2021 at the Land O’Lakes District Complex location. We are happy to report that the COVID test being administered will provide results within (1) hour rather than with in 24-72 hours. If you are ill with COVID like symptoms, you can call to schedule an appointment. Currently we have limited appointments available but, we anticipate increasing the number of slots and locations in the near future, but keep in mind other testing option are available throughout the community at local CVS, Walgreens and other community resources. To schedule an appointment: Call 727-495-6948 from the hours of 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. If lines are busy, please leave a message and you will be contacted.
Pasco County Schools COVID-19 Protocols 2021-2022
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Pasco County Schools has implemented protocols to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. Circumstances regarding COVID-19 and the variants are rapidly changing, and our school district protocols and guidance may be updated as circumstances change. Please reference Pasco County Schools COVID-19 Protocols 2021-2022 posted on the district website for the latest updates.
In order to protect the health and safety of staff, students, and volunteers, all those who access Pasco County School locations, including vaccinated individuals, must self-screen daily for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19.
All Pasco Schools Staff:
As you are all aware, in recent weeks we have seen a significant surge in the number of people being tested for Covid and in the Covid virus positivity rate (20-30% of all positive cases are now in school aged children). I am very concerned about the safety of our students and staff with the start of school. I know how we mitigate the spread of this virus has become a very divisive topic. Regardless of where you stand on the issues surrounding this virus, we, as a district, need to take prudent steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Governor DeSantis signed an executive order last week that, in essence, prohibits school districts from enforcing the wearing of facial masks at the risk of losing state funding. While I have my own opinions regarding this order, it has a significant impact on all school districts and how we can move forward. It’s important to note that the wearing of masks is not only for the protection of the one wearing the mask but also those they meet.
While I can’t require face masks for students, as we approach the school year I, as superintendent, think it is prudent to ask all district staff to take personal responsibility for keeping our staff and students safe. I am strongly urging all district staff to consider wearing a mask while at work and if you are not already, please get vaccinated. With that said, your decision will be respected. We must work collectively and do our part to ensure our safety and the safety of others. Please be assured that the Pasco District is taking all steps necessary to make sure that we have a clean learning environment for all students and staff, and I would ask that everyone do their part.
Kurt S. Browning
Pasco County Superintendent of Schools