TAMPA — Two more student cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, with nearly two weeks remaining before on-campus classes resume.
Superintendent Addison Davis’s latest weekly report showed 329 cases have been recorded in the schools since the coronavirus pandemic officially hit the Tampa Bay area in March. Of those diagnosed, 317 were employees and 12 were students. The cases were spread among 145 schools. Two schools were closed and then reopened, with all schools prepared for opening on Aug. 31.
To put the numbers in perspective, Davis wrote in his email to the School Board, “this information is inclusive of the 202 students in summer care programs and hundreds of students involved in sports conditioning and extra-curricular activities.”
School in Hillsborough will begin virtually on Monday. After a so-called “Smart Start” week to familiarize everyone with new routines and computer platforms, roughly half the district will begin in-person instruction a week later.