Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has announced that Broward schools will be temporarily closed starting on Monday, March 16 in response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Also, the Florida Board of Education has announced that all schools in Florida will be closed for at least two weeks.
The following week will be spring break so students will be away from schools for two weeks. Earlier in the week, it was announced that after-school activities had also been cancelled in response to the virus.
In addition, all District employees, except for identified essential personnel, will not be required to report to work March 16-20. Beginning the week of March 23, all employees who are on calendar, and thus previously scheduled to work, will return back to work.
BCPS will continue to provide updates on this fluid situation on their website browardschools.com/coronavirus.
During a press conference Runcie said that the decision to close all district schools was not taken lightly and that he knew parents would have to stay home to care for their children and may have to miss time from work.
The District will continue to offer meals to students who are part of free and reduced lunch programs.
Miami-Dade schools are also closed during the next week in response to Coronavirus.
The District will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, its impact on Broward County, particularly in Broward County Public Schools, and consider further limitations to access of schools following spring break.