Tarpon Springs Annual Greek Parade Postponed

With continued awareness and concern, the Tarpon Springs Greek Parade has been postponed. A new date will be shared once determined.

Continued Work Towards School Health and Safety- IMPORTANT Travel requirements

Dear Plato Academy Families,

Spring break is upon us and all are ready for a much needed break to recharge and be ready for the homestretch. Staff and students alike have been working diligently to be best prepared for our school goals of success!

Along with our deserved break we now face a new challenge, COVID-19. All teams of Plato Academy are working together to be best prepared for the days and weeks to come. We have increased our cleaning and sanitation of our schools and continued classroom education of proper hygiene. Please see below for an academic message.

The Department of Education has issued 2 memorandum regarding COVID-19 Update. The updates are attached below.

The Department of Education has been working with the Department of Health and we have received the following additional recommendations that many of you asked about:

Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who go on foreign travel, to any country, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Anyone (students/faculty/staff/etc.) who go on a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

There should be no mass gatherings, which are defined by the CDC as “1,000-25,000 people, but the practical application is any gathering that would strain local resources.” We leave it to your discretion for events with less than 1,000 people.

If a student/faculty/staff has been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, and that student/faculty/staff has been in a classroom, we still recommend that you NOT close the school/college/program, but we do recommend that you clear the classroom and take necessary steps to sanitize the room.

During our break a great deal more information will surely be coming out. Plato Academy will stay in contact with our local health officials, Pinellas County Schools, FLDOE, and examining all recommendations provided by the CDC. Our decisions will be based on these experts and groups when faced with any.

Plato Academy schools will contact you as soon as we learn of anything that directly impacts our learning environments. Please do your part by staying informed and avoiding any unnecessary travel if at all possible. As a team we can help to decrease any impacts in our schools.

We continue to urge parents and students to follow basic precautions, as recommended by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of illnesses such as the common cold or influenza such as:

– Get vaccinated against the flu
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Stay home when you are sick
– Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
– Wash your hands regularly
– Avoid touching your yes, nose and mouth.

And as always, you can learn more about COVID-19 preparations, signs and symptoms, and guidance at http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml.

Enjoy your spring break and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Academic Preparation if Schools Were to Close
This information is ONLY if schools were ordered closed by FLDOE, local health agencies, or in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools.

Teachers are preparing in case schools were to be closed. Some are sending home packets or workbooks today. None of the work is for spring break as Plato does not assign work over vacations. If schools were to close communication will come from administration and then directly from your teachers for what your scholar can work on, online activities assigned, ‘office hours’ that you can reach your teacher or video chat with them, and any other important information regarding academics. Again, anything sent home is only to be prepared for the unknown at this time.

We are not predicting anything but being spring break is upon us, we wish to be prepared to help continue educating your child if needed to do so off campus.

Thank you for flexibility and working with our school during these next weeks.