Make us your home page
Instagram
Back to School 2017
A special Times report helps you get in step with the start of the new school year – from basic information on how to register your child, to information on the state sales tax holiday, school calendars, education policies that affect your family and more.
  1. Back to school: What you need to know in Hernando

    K12

    Hernando County parents can find back-to-school information at edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board. Click on the heading "Students & Families," then click on "Enrollment Requirements."

    Registration

    School buses line the parking lot of the Hernando County Schools Transportation Center earlier this month. Detailed bus route information is expected to be available July 31, and can be found on the district website, edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board (select "District," then "Transportation". [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  2. Hernando County Schools 2017-18 calendar

    K12

    Aug. 7: First day for instructional staff

     istockphoto.com]
  3. Hernando County Schools: by the numbers

    K12

    30th

    largest district in Florida (out of 67)

    21,800

    students, K-12 based on May 2017 headcount

    2,900

    staff

    $173.3 M

    total budget for 2016-17

    81%

    graduation rate

    10

    elementary …

    Kindergarten student Sebastian Pullen puts his backpack away at Westside Elementary on the first day of school in Hernando County last year. This year, the Hernando school system will welcome an estimated 21,000 students.
  1. Hillsborough County Schools: by the numbers

    K12

    3rd largest district in Florida (out of 67)

    Hillsborough County Chief of Schools Harrison Peters meets a trio of Potter Elementary School second graders during a tour on the first day of classes last August. This year, the Hillsborough school system will welcome more than 210,000 students. [Times files]
  2. Back to school: What you need to know in Hillsborough

    K12

    Hillsborough County parents can find back-to-school information at sdhc.k12.fl.us. Here are a few highlights:

    Identifying your school

    Hillsborough county parents can check the district's website for their child's bus route and their school's bus schedule. Visit sdhc.k12.fl.us, click the link under "Preparing for Back to School," then find the links for "Bus Schedule" and "Bus Availability." For more information, call (813) 982-5500. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  3. Hillsborough County Schools 2017-18 calendar

    K12

    Aug 10: Students' first day of school

     istockphoto.com]
  1. Back to school: What you need to know in Pasco

    K12

    Registering your child for 2017-18

    Keeping vaccines up to date is a key way families can get ready for the 2017-18 school year, which starts in early August. [Times files]
  2. Pasco County Schools 2017-18 calendar

    K12

    Aug. 7-11: Teacher planning days

    Aug. 8: Middle and high school orientation

     istockphoto.com]
  3. Pasco County Schools by the numbers

    K12

    11th

    largest district in Florida (out of 67)

    72,490

    K-12 enrollment for 2016-17

    10,175

    full-time staff for 2016-17

    $1.2 B

    total budget for 2016-17

    79%

    graduation rate

    49

    elementary …

    Cotee River Elementary student Trinity Cardona, right, Antonio Stone, center, and Rashawn Clay, draw color-coded lines for an Ozobot robot  to follow during STEAM Olympics Day in the second week of school last August. Cotee River is one of 49 elementary schools in the Pasco County district. [Times files]
  1. Pinellas enters 2017-18 with more than two dozen new principals

    K12

    Elementary schools

    Bay Vista Fundamental: Keila Victor, 42, was most recently an assistant principal at Madeira Beach Fundamental. She has worked for the Pinellas school district since 1998.

    Keila Victor, 42, the new principal of Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, was most recently an assistant principal at Madeira Beach Fundamental. She has worked for the school district since 1998.
  2. Back to school: What you need to know in Pinellas

    K12

    Pinellas County parents can find back-to-school information at pcsb.org/backtoschool. Here are a few important steps for families who are not yet registered:

    Getting started

    Updating immunization shots is a key task for families as they prepare for the 2017-18 school year. [iStockphoto.com
]
  3. Pinellas County Schools 2017-18 calendar

    K12

    Aug. 10: First day of school

    Sept. 4: Labor Day — schools closed

    Oct. 13: End of first quarter

    Oct. 16: No school for students

     istockphoto.com]
  1. Florida education news: Creaky air conditioning, hate speech, home visits and more

    Blogs

    OVERHEATED: Several Hillsborough County schools suffer air conditioning breakdowns during the first days of classes, and maintenance workers are striving to …

    Aging air conditioning is faltering at some Hillsborough County schools.
  2. Students, staff, parents celebrate opening of two new schools in Pasco

    K12

    After months of anticipation, Pasco County's two newest schools made their debuts Monday to largely rave reviews.

    Bryce Navarro, left, a junior at Cypress Creek High School, helps fellow student Michae’la Davis and her mother, Valarie White, with the registration process Monday, the first day of classes.
  3. USF panel to discuss on-campus stadium today

    Colleges

    The University of South Florida today will take another step in what it describes as "a long process" of exploring the possibility of building an on-campus football stadium.

    A conceptual look at one of two potential sites for an on-campus stadium at the University of South Florida. This location is on the west side of campus, just north of Fowler Avenue and east of Bruce B. Downs. [University of South Florida]