In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

Family Weekly Message: September 3rd, 2021


Good afternoon Cotee River Families, this is Mrs. Slusser with your weekly message.

If you were unable to participate in our Annual Title 1 meeting, we recorded the presentation and any family can access it through our school website or Facebook page. Monday, September 6th, there is no school, for Labor Day. Wednesday is our first Early Release Day.  Dismissal begins at 1:50.  Please plan accordingly, to ensure your child is picked up on time.  If your child will be going home a different way, it is important that you call the front office, at 774-3000.  Children in grades 3rd-5th who signed-up for Chorus will meet Thursday, at 8:30. Thursday, Ms. Miller will kick off our monthly Coffee Talks with families, starting at 10:00. 5th grade children who applied to be in art club will start Friday, at 8:30.  Children should come through the front office before going to Chorus and Art Club.  Friday afternoon, Quarter 1 Progress Reports will be available through the Parent Portal.  Also, applications are due Friday, September 10th, for 4th and 5th grade students interested in Student Council.


Please continue to support our efforts to keep our scholars and staff healthy. Screen your child before coming to school each day by using the daily screener.  The screener can be located on the district county website, along with our current guidelines.  If you have any questions on whether or not you should send your child to school, please contact our front office at 727 774-3000 to discuss next steps.  In addition, the use of masks and other personal protective equipment will remain highly recommended, but not required in almost all school situations and environments.  However, given the significant increase of cases, usage is strongly encouraged for students to protect themselves and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.


Student Notification of Potential Exposure to Positive Individual at School: For students that are notified of having potential exposure to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 at school, the parent may:

    • Continue to send the child to school
    • Choose to keep their child at home
      • Parent/Guardian must notify the school that they are choosing to keep their child at home due to potential exposure or the child has become symptomatic.
      • It is important that you contact us, if you are choosing to keep your child home, due a potential exposure or your child has become symptomatic in order for us to excuse the absence.  If we do not receive a call, the absence will be marked unexcused.


We look forward to seeing everyone’s bright smiling faces ready to learn Tuesday morning, no later than 9:40. Take care.