Franklin County public schools are getting an extended spring break, at least until April 15,


On Friday at 4 p.m., Gov. Ron Desantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran held an emergency conference call with all superintendents in the state, and all public school districts in Florida were directed to add an additional week to their spring break.


This would have meant Franklin County Public School students would not return to school until March 31.


On Tuesday, DeSantis announced Florida’s public school closures will be extended to April 15.


He also said he is canceling what is left of this year’s pre-K and K-12 students’ testing in Florida. He directed the Florida Department of Education to use the funds to help low-income students be able to participate in remote education.


DeSantis also said districts can use funds allocated for testing to improve the availability of mental health services with resources such as virtual counseling.


The governor said teachers must evaluate the requirements for course grades, grade promotion and graduation without considering the state tests. He also said parents will be able to decide if they want their children to repeat this year’s grade during the 2020-21 school year.


The Franklin County School District is answering the call to ensure all children receive healthy meals during the unexpected school closure for COVID-19.


The FCS 2020 Summer Food Service Program, along with its community partners and schools will begin breakfast and lunch service on Tuesday, March 24, and continue until the extended emergency school closure ends.


Meals will be offered for pick-up only at a multiple site locations throughout Franklin County, and are at No Cost to all children ages 18 and under.


Site locations in Franklin County are as follows:


Apalachicola


Apalachicola Bay Charter, 98 12th Street


Apalachicola City Project Impact, 1 Shark Blvd.


Eastpoint


Learning Center, 85 School Road


Franklin County School, 1250 Highway 98


Eastpoint UMC Youth & Children Center, 317 Patton Drive


Carrabelle


The Nest, 1001 Gray Ave.


Lanark


Lanark Market, 2348 Hwy 98 East


Meals will be offered daily between the hours of 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


A breakfast and lunch meal can be picked up at the same time. PLEASE NOTE – Florida Department of Agriculture regulations require child be present when receiving meals. Children do not have to be of school age or attend school to receive a meal. All children 18 years of age and younger may receive meals.


Meals provided during this unexpected school closing will not be packaged using food allergy considerations. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring and food allergy requirements.


For a list of sites near you dial 2-1-1 and a representative will assist you.


You can also visit summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/ for a location near you.