State Updates and Resources

On April 3, Governor Ron DeSantis mandated a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state of Florida. For more information on this order, visit here. 

For a list of services deemed essential under this order, visit here.

Florida Office of the Governor Updates:

  • In a letter sent to President Donald Trump,, Gov. Ron DeSantis requested President Trump declare a Major Disaster in Florida and called for additional resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. You can read this letter HERE.

  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 in Florida.

  • The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 1. 

    • The Florida Division of Emergency Management defines Level 1 as “Full Scale Activation of State Emergency Response Team”. For more information, see HERE.

  • Governor DeSantis announced that the State ordered an additional 2,500 test kits to supplement the adequate resources already available to test for COVID-19. These additional test kits will enable the Department of Health, working with Florida health care providers, to test up to an additional 625,000 individuals. The Governor also suspended non-essential in state and all out-of-state travel for state employees for 30 days.

  • Governor DeSantis has issued the following executive orders in respect to the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Executive Order 20-51;  this Executive Order directs the State Surgeon General to declare a public health emergency. 

  • Executive Order 20-52: this Executive Order declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency.

  • Executive Order 20-68 this Executive Order reduces the density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches.

  • Executive Order 20-69: this Executive Order waives in-person meeting requirements so that public officials can safely continue their duties without impediment.

  • Executive Order 20-70: this Executive Order directs all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches to close in Broward County and Palm Beach County.

  • Executive Order 20-71: this Executive Order directs all restaurants and food establishments within the state to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers.

  • Executive Order 20-72: this Executive Order prohibits medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries.

  • Executive Order 20-80: Gov. DeSantis announced he will be ordering all visitors from the New York Tri State Area to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Executive Order 20-91: All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

  • Executive Order 20-93: Directing the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and other executive agencies to take necessary actions to improve DEO’s Reemployment Assistance Program.

  • Executive Order 20-94: Providing targeted, temporary relief from certain mortgage foreclosures and evictions for 45 days, without relieving an individual’s obligation to make mortgage payments and rent payments.

Florida Department of Education Updates:

School Closures 

  • Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1, 2020. This recommendation follows President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30. 

  • Visit the Orange County Public Schools or Seminole County Public Schools website for more information.

Student Assessments, Accountability and Promotion 

  • All remaining assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Requirements for graduation and promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments which were cancelled did not exist.

  • K-12 school grades will not be calculated for 2019-2020 and schools in turnaround may continue their current status for 2020-2021 to avoid disruption to school leadership and operations.

  • Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken shall not be counted.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

  • For the 2019–20 AP exam administration only, students may elect to take a 45-minute online exam at home.  Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn.   The full exam schedule and additional testing details will be available by April 3. For additional information visit the AP Website's Coronavirus Information page.

State Parks Closure

  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP closed all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. For more information, please see HERE. 

State Resources

Useful links

Florida Office of the Attorney General Updates:

Price Gouging

  • Residents can report price gouging online or by phone to the Florida Office of the Attorney General by calling 1-866-966-7226 or clicking this link.

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