COVID outbreak closes Glades County schools

Glades County schools will be switching to an on-line platform (E-Learning) until February.
Posted at 9:34 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 22:12:34-05

GLADES COUNTY, Fla. — Today, Dr. Alice Beth Barfield, Glades County Superintendent of Schools, sent a notice to parents announcing that the district would be switching to virtual learning due to a coronavirus outbreak.

The following notice was sent to parents and posted online:

Dear Parents,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation and community, respond to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19. While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our employees.

The Glades County School District was notified on Monday morning, 1/19/2021, that cases have risen substantially over the past five days causing students and staff members to be sent home as either a positive case or direct contact. As you can imagine, this is something we are taking very seriously and dealing with accordingly. We are asking you to continue to adhere to social distancing and other health precautions. We are working diligently with the Glades County Health Department to ensure quick and efficient notification of all cases.

Effective January 20th , 2021, we will be switching to an on-line platform (E-Learning) until February 1st , 2021. Although our desire is to remain in school as normal (traditional) with enhanced safety and cleaning procedures, the numbers don’t support that learning style. However, we must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students if and when circumstances change, as predicted, throughout the year related to the health and safety of our students and employees.

Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times. Meal distribution schedules will be posted at a later time. If you have questions, please call your child’s school.

Serving you,

Dr. Alice E. Barfield
Superintendent of Schools
Glades County School