Covid Protocol

COVID Protocols/Procedures
Updated February 3, 2022

As you may be aware, our state and our community are experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases.  The District School Board of Pasco County is no different.  There has been a significant increase in the number of cases based on those that are being tested.  District staff has been working over the past week on revised protocols and precautions in an effort to keep our students and employees as safe and healthy as possible.

The Florida Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a new law recently prohibiting school districts from requiring vaccines to attend school.  Additionally, the district is prohibited from requiring face masks to attend school.  With that said, masks remain optional for students. We are strongly encouraging all district employees to wear face masks until the infection rate decreases to below five percent.  The infection rate reportedly is above 20 percent.

At this time, some protocols remain unchanged, while some have been revised. It is our goal to find the right balance between safeguarding the health of our students and employees while making the school and work experience as close to normal as possible.  District staff will continue to monitor this situation and provide further guidance as appropriate.  In the meantime, please continue to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, wash hands regularly and socially distance, where and when possible.

In summary, if a student has symptoms, they should not go to school. If they do not have symptoms, they should be in school.

*Circumstances regarding COVID-19 and the variants are rapidly changing, and our school district protocols, and guidance may be updated as circumstances change.

Health and Wellness

  • Masks are optional in Pasco County Schools, but strongly encouraged for students. The CDC continues to recommend the use of masks. Since CDC guidance is subject to change, we recommend visiting the CDC website for the latest guidance. If you need a mask, please ask your school nurse or clinic assistant so one can be provided.
  • All students, visitors, and volunteers will conduct a health self-screener prior to reporting to school each day.
  • Students will be encouraged to practice social distancing when and where possible.

Positive Test – Students

  • Symptomatic Students:
    • Students who are symptomatic and test positive must report their status to the school administrator and/or school nurse.
    • The student may return to school when one of the following conditions are met:
      • Upon receiving a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic;
      • 5 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or the positive test result, the student has had no fever for 24 hours (without taking medication) and the student’s other symptoms are improving.
      • Face masks are recommended, but not required.
    • The student has received written permission to return to school from a medical doctor or an advanced registered nurse. 
  • Asymptomatic Students:
    • Students who are asymptomatic (no COVID symptoms) and test positive may return to school after providing the school a copy of a subsequent negative FDA approved COVID home test. 
      • Please click here to view the accepted home tests, as the list has been expanded.

Exposed – Student, vaccinated or unvaccinated 

  • Students should continue to use self-screener.
  • Highly recommend wearing a mask for 10 calendar days after exposure.
  • If a student develops symptoms, the student should stay home and if possible, get tested.  Student must stay home while awaiting test results.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • The Florida State Board of Education adopted an emergency rule requiring school districts to provide quarantined/isolated students with remote/virtual access to curriculum and assignments that are equivalent to the instruction being provided to students physically present in school. Therefore, all employees with student instructional or instructional support responsibilities are required to fully-support students who need to participate in daily instruction virtually during COVID-19 related quarantine/isolation. This includes, but is not limited to allowing students to live stream into the classroom for applicable instruction, providing access to classroom materials and assignments on google classroom, interacting with quarantined/isolated students via e-mail and/or phone, etc. 

 Attendance while in Isolation/Quarantine: 

  • Students that are well enough to participate remotely due to COVID-related isolation/quarantine will be provided a variety of techniques and technologies including live streaming instruction applicable to students, posting relevant materials in Google classroom, interacting through emails and phone calls, providing recorded lessons, and other techniques.  Students that engage in instruction offered by the teacher will be considered in attendance.  The instruction must continue the student’s access to assignments and curriculum the student would be receiving were the student physically present in school.
  • If a parent chooses to “self-quarantine” their child without recommendation of the Pasco Department of Health or due to exposure of a positive individual, that child will be considered unexcused from school during that time.  


  • Free COVID testing offered at Pasco County Schools District Office Complex.
    • 7205 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes, FL 34638
      • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      • Pre-registration is recommended but not required at this link.  Enter zip code 34638 and select SCHOOL BOARD OF PASCO COUNTY.
      • Results from the PCR test can take at least 24 hours.
    • Additional testing sites can be found at this link.

Please submit any additional COVID questions to  Updated COVID-19 Protocols can be found at this link.  We know this is not what we wanted for the new year 2022, but with everyone working together to mitigate COVID-19 we will reduce the spread.

Parent/Guardian will submit an absence form on the website and MUST provide a copy of the positive test attached to the submission.

Daily COVID Counter
(updated January 25, 2022)

The cases listed below indicate the daily positive cases as confirmed by the Pasco County Department of Health on our campus:

Student Cases



Staff Cases


Student Self Screener Form

Visitor Self Screener Form

Approved Testing Brands

District Assistance Form