Back to school: Time to get ready across Tampa Bay

For more than 400,000 public school students across the Tampa Bay area, school starts in two weeks. [BECCA GUAJARDO   |   Times]
For more than 400,000 public school students across the Tampa Bay area, school starts in two weeks. [BECCA GUAJARDO | Times]
Published July 27 2018
Updated July 27 2018

In just two weeks, more than 400,000 students will return to K-12 public schools across the Tampa Bay area, and more than 50,000 adults — mostly teachers — will be there to welcome them. After that, they’ll all hang out together for the next 10 months. Six or seven hours a day, five days a week.

That’s not including our local private schools and colleges. Education is a massive and vital undertaking, which is what makes our annual back-to-school rituals such a big part of life.

Below are links to the Times’ 2018 back-to-school coverage across our four-county region. Topics include campus security, school district budgets, helping your children in class, the upcoming tax-free holiday, new principals and more.

It’s our way of helping everyone get ready. Here’s to a happy — and safe — school year.

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Back-to-school — what you need to know in Hillsborough County

Meet Hillsborough County’s new principals — all 42 of them

Hillsborough County back-to-school events: health fairs, fun expos and more

Hillsborough County Schools 2018-19 calendar

By the numbers: Hillsborough County schools

PINELLAS COUNTY

Back-to-school — what you need to know in Pinellas County

In Pinellas, 13 schools enter 2018-19 with new principals

Pinellas County back-to-school events: health fairs, kickball and more

Pinellas County Schools 2018-19 calendar

By the numbers: Pinellas County schools

PASCO COUNTY

Back-to-school — what you need to know in Pasco County

In Pasco, new principals at four schools

Pasco County back-to-school events: supply drives, giveaways, orientations and more

Pasco County Schools 2018-19 calendar

By the numbers: Hillsborough County schools

HERNANDO COUNTY

Back-to-school — what you need to know in Hernando County

With one new principal, Hernando school leadership remains mostly intact for 2018-19

Hernando County back-to-school events: open houses, school supplies and more

Hernando County Schools 2018-19 calendar

By the numbers: Hernando County schools

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