Back to School 2021 | COVID-19 Protocols

  • This page provides the most current information about COVID-19 protocols and procedures for the School District of Manatee County. We will continue to update this information as we receive further guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. Ultimately, decisions regarding COVID-19 will be based on circumstances in Manatee County and specifically in our schools.

    The School Board of Manatee County has extended the mandatory face mask protocol with the Mask Opt-Out provision for all district students and employees through Friday, October 29, 2021. The School Board also approved a motion that would allow the Superintendent to remove the mandate if the 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate in Manatee County is 8% or less.

    Updated COVID-19 Protocols (Monday, August 23, 2021)

    2021-2022 Student and Employee COVID-19 Decision Tree  (Tuesday, August 23, 2021) 

    Florida Department of Education Update on Emergency Rules (Friday, August 6, 2021) 

    Florida Department of Health Emergency Rule 64DER21-12  (Friday, August 6, 2021)
    Concerning governance of COVID-19 Protocols in schools.


Back to School 2021

  • Student Registration
    Need to register your student for the 2021-2022 school year? Click here to register online.

    Register to Ride
    If your student is planning to ride a school bus for the 2021-2022 school year, pre-registration is required in order to control bus capacities and keep our students safe. Each individual student should Register to Ride here.

    Breakfast and Lunch Programs
    Breakfast and lunch are FREE for ALL students again for the 2021-2022 school year. We encourage families to fill out an application to receive additional benefits. Only one application is needed per household.

    2021-2022 School Calendar
    The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
    Click to view the academic calendar and school start/end times.