School district says campus closings extended to May 1

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — School district officials announced late Monday that all public campus closings will be extended to May 1.

The School District of Indian River County made the announcement on its Facebook and Twitter feeds. The extension – which is for all public schools – comes as local students prepare for online lessons using the district’s instructional provision plan.

“We are in this for a longer time than we thought,” Superintendent David Moore said Monday toward the end of the school district’s Family Partnership Live Panel, aired on the agency’s Facebook live feed. “I think all of us knew May 1 would be a more realistic time frame.”

The Florida Department of Education made the decision to extend the closings, school officials said. Campuses have been shut down since March 16 because of coronavirus public health concerns.

Schools were supposed to be closed for one week. That was later extended to April 15 and then extended to May 1.

Local school staff have worked to provide students with meals during the closings. School officials have also issued out laptops to families who need them to continue their education.

Officials have met with parents and students to prepare them for the transition to online learning.

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