Schools and Child Care Programs
The Florida Department of Education announced on Tuesday, March 17 that all public and private K-12 schools are closed through April 15, 2020.
Florida Schools, Colleges and Universities
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor COVID-19 and is actively working to ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated.
- FDOE COVID-19 Newsroom
- Contact Information
- K12 Campus Closures
- Postsecondary Institutions
- Office of Early Learning
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Offices
Florida Child Care Programs
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Health
- Florida’s Child Care Food Program (CCFP) intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies offered by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve program participants.
- During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s summer meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting.
- However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation. CCFP is working with USDA to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.
- Find participating CCFP providers in your area.
Things Schools and Child Care Programs Should Do Now
At All Times
- Encourage your staff or community members to .
- Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- Encourage people to stay home when sick.
- Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
- Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
- Stay up to date on developments in your community.
- Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.
- Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.
During an Outbreak in your Area
- Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
- If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
- Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person’s area.
- Connect with your local health departments.
- Cancel large meetings or events.
- Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.
Specific Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs
See more information about schools and child care programs.
This virus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person-to-person. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Right now, there are no disinfectant products registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on environmental surfaces that are specifically listed as having the ability to kill COVID-19. However, related viruses that have similar physical and biochemical properties can be killed with bleach, ammonia or alcohol, or cleaning agents containing any of these disinfectants. Cleaning agents should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are excellent sources of information about this evolving outbreak.
You can access their websites here:
For Florida specific information, please consult The Florida Department of Health website: