Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Florida Department of Health – Pasco Physical Exam and Immunization Days

Who: Pasco County Schools students and Florida Department of Health – Pasco

What: Special dates and hours for school physicals and immunizations

When: Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (New Port Richey Clinic ONLY)

Monday, August 5 – Thursday, August 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (New Port Richey and Dade City Clinics)

Tuesday, August 6 – Thursday, August 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wesley Chapel Clinic)

Where: New Port Richey Clinic, 10841 Little Rd., New Port Richey (727-861-5260)

Dade City Clinic, 13941 15th St., Dade City (352-521-1450)

Wesley Chapel Clinic, 33845 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel (813-780-0740)

Why: A physical exam, signed and stamped by a licensed provider and dated within one year prior to registration, is required for each student initially entering a Florida school. Students also must have proof on file, using the Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH680), that they have received required immunizations.

How: DOH-Pasco sites are providing free childhood immunizations and low-cost ($25 per child) school physicals by appointment at sites across Pasco County. Parents should call their nearest DOH-Pasco clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment. The first day of school in Pasco County is August 12.

View the Immunization Event Online Flyer

Monday, June 24, 2019

Pasco Middle School After-School Program Expands

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 24, 2019) – Pasco County Schools is adding two Beyond the Bell fee-based after-school enrichment programs starting in the 2019-2020 school year, at John Long and Weightman middle schools.

Beyond the Bell offers middle school students academic enrichment, skill building, and positive youth development.  Activities include sports skills and drills, scholar’s club, project-based learning, techno time, and enrichment programs that include special guests on a variety of topics, and Friday frolics, which include field day, movie time, video game tournaments, and other just-for-fun activities.

Beyond the Bell currently is offered at Charles S. Rushe and River Ridge middle schools. Registration begins July 2.  To learn more about Beyond the Bell, visit www.myasep.com/btb or contact the Office for After School Enrichment Programs at (813) 794-2298.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

“Two Good Soles” Shoe & Sock Drive Kicks Off July 25, 2019

~~Pasco Government and Constitutional Offices’ annual drive benefits Pasco students~~

PASCO COUNTY, FL  ----  Put your best foot forward and join Pasco County to help local children in need during the fourth annual Two Good Soles Shoe and Sock Drive.  Pasco County Government and Constitutional Offices’ staff will compete again to be the top collectors of new footwear for students in Pasco County Schools.

“We created Two Good Soles to collaborate and give back,” said Assistant County Administrator for Public Services Cathy Pearson.  “The growth and continued success of this program is a humbling reminder of the basic needs that challenge many children in our community.”

CaptureTwoGoodSoles2Last year’s record-setting drive resulted in over 2,200 pairs of shoes and 6,600 pairs of socks donated.  Since 2016, the drive has collected 4,511 pairs of shoes and 11,452 pairs of socks!

Pasco County Government and school social workers collaborated on a video that highlights the constant need for footwear and the impact these donations have on kids in our community.  Despite the growing numbers of donations, the shoes and socks are all gone within a few months.

Collection boxes can be found at Pasco County Government and Constitutional offices countywide beginning July 25.  The drive runs through October 25.

All donated shoes and socks will be presented to Pasco County Schools at an official ceremony later this year at Wendell Krinn Technical High School (formerly Ridgewood High School) in New Port Richey.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Pasco Schools to Reboot Popular Citizens’ Academy

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (June 17, 2019) – Pasco County Schools is accepting applications for the second year of its Citizens’ Academy to further educate the public on the operation of a public school system.

The Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy will consist of eight monthly meetings beginning in August 2019.  Five meetings will be held during the day and three meetings will take place in the evening.  Sessions will be a combination of informational lessons, tours and classroom presentations. Participants will visit several of Pasco County's diverse schools, meet with school personnel and principals, and learn about special programs, curriculum, athletics, budget, student nutrition, school safety initiatives, and more.

“I am really happy that I was part of the initial cohort that took this class. It has been an eye opening experience for me to understand how the school district machinery works and how much thought and planning goes behind every aspect of running the schools that most of us take for granted,” said one participant from the inaugural class.

“My aim was to learn facts about the mission and reality of public education in our community, and I left armed with valuable knowledge as well as a greater understanding of the challenges the district faces in executing its mission. I had been expecting lots of marketing speak and protection of trade secrets but was refreshingly pleased to hear all the speakers be candid, honest, and fun. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in the general public about the role and boundaries of public education,” said another participant.

Each Citizens’ Academy class will consist of 30 to 50 members from the community.  The first class will start August 22.  The final meeting and graduation is set for April 23.

Anyone interested in participating in the Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy is encouraged to apply online at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/ca by June 30. Those selected will be notified via email the week of July 22.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pasco Schools Offers Babysitter, Life-Saving Certification Summer Camp

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 30, 2019) – Pasco County Schools has a new, innovative summer camp for boys and girls in grades 6 to 12 who want to earn good pay for babysitting or have an interest in early childhood education.
This camp will be led by a certified teacher who specializes in early childhood education and family consumer sciences. Campers will learn how to care for, interact with, and plan activities for toddlers and preschool-age children.  All participants will earn their certification in babysitting, first aid, CPR and AED. Camp participants will receive a drawstring backpack full of resources, a pocket first aid kit, flashlight, and DVD.
The camp will be hosted at Land O’Lakes High School, 20235 Gator Lane, from June 24 to July 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. For fee information or to register, visit https://myasep.com/campquest/early-educators-camp/ or contact the Office for After School Enrichment Programs at (813) 794-2298.

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