Coronavirus Updates 


3/27/20 - 5:00PM


Fradley - Friday at 5PM - 3/27


3/23/20 - 6:54PM

Parent Webinar: Helping Your Child Cope - Participants will gain knowledge regarding best practices and tips for helping their families cope with the mental distress of COVID-19.


3/20/20 - 4:30PM


Hello Rowlett Elementary Families,
Words cannot express how concerned I am for everyone in the Rowlett Family. This is an unprecedented event. Please take care of your family. I am sure most of you already know that the Governor declared no school for students until April 15th. Of course, we need to be prepared for this to be extended.

Today your teacher will be reaching out to you with an instructional plan for your child to start this coming Monday. Please set aside a couple of hours daily to work on the assigned activities. These assignments are created to maintain instructional momentum. Your teachers are here to help and assist you and your child. Please communicate either through Bloomz or email with any questions or concerns.

We have ipads that can be loaned out if you do not have a device. Please email Kim McAfee at and your teacher if you need to borrow one. Also, we need to know if you are having internet problems.
If any of the assignments are causing stress in the household or if you are wanting additional resources, please let your teacher know. They will help you to make the work manageable. Also, please be sure to allow your child time to play and have downtime.

The school will be closed until April 15th for all non-staff members. However, the phone lines will be monitored and email checked every workday starting Monday, March 23. Your teachers are your main point of contact. We will continue to support you and your child to the best of our ability.
Please continue to monitor Bloomz, email, Facebook and our website for updated or new information. Feel free to email me if you have a question that your teacher is unable to answer.

Please stay safe,

Chuck Fradley, EdD
Rowlett Academy
941-708-6100 ext. 2001


eLearning Links:


3/17/20 - 1:49PM

Rowlett Elementary Parents,


I hope you and your family are safe and able to take the necessary precautions to protect yourselves during these challenging times. The purpose of this message is to update you on a few things. Of course, this may change with new information and new directives.


  1. Student-led conferences are postponed until further notice.
  2. Students do not report back to school until Monday, 3/30. (We will notify you if this changes.)
  3. Teachers will notify you with details of our online instructional programs this Friday, 3/20. This program by no means is sufficient to replace the instruction in the classroom.  However, it has been designed by your child's teacher to ensure learning continues during these challenging times. In addition, I encourage you to ensure your child reads every day. Please do not hesitate to contact your teacher through Bloomz or email with any questions. Our eLearning plan and links will be available here:
  4. You should be able to access the online applications through any device in your home. We will work with you if you do not have a device. Please email to arrange to borrow a school device. If you are in need of the internet please follow the link: or you can call 1-844-488-8395 for the free 60-days Internet program to K-12 and University students.
  5. Please continue to check our website, for updates and your Bloomz app.
  6. You can email me anytime at if you need anything.
  7. There is a free food program available to families. An informational flyer is attached to this message.
  8. Families receiving food support from Families Helping Families will be contacted soon with information about receiving food.


Please continue to be safe.


These precautions will help us get back to a normal routine soon.


Take care,


Chuck Fradley, EdD


Rowlett Academy





Free Food Info


3-14-20 - 1:56PM


Rowlett Academies are working with district personnel to ensure best practices are followed during this time. Students and staff will not return to campus until March 30th.
However, details regarding possible e-learning and staff development options will be announced soon.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.




3-13-20 - 6:10PM


Rowlett Academies are providing the following announcement regarding school closures from the School Board of Manatee County. We will follow this closure protocol. As of Friday, March 13, 2020, we plan to resume school on Monday, March 30, 2020. We will make eLearning materials available on our websites by Monday, March 23rd. Please stay tuned to Bloomz and our websites for official updates.



If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the Manatee Health Department at 941-242-6649 (8am-5pm M-F) before you go to the doctor.


To our Parents, Employees and Community:

Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, with the support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has directed school districts across the state to close for two weeks due to concerns related to Coronavirus (COVID -19).

For the School District of Manatee County, that means schools will be closed to students until Monday, March 30, 2020.

Next week, March 16-20, is spring break in the district, so schools were already closed. The district will extend spring break for an additional week to meet the Commissioner’s requirements.

All school district employees will work the week of Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27. Instructional personnel will work on professional development and training while support personnel will conduct the regular business operations of the district and prepare for the return of students on March 30.

All extracurricular activities for students, including all athletic contests, will be postponed for the next two weeks.

School District officials will continue to monitor developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) during the next two weeks and will provide updates on district and school websites; social media pages; the mobile app MySDMC and through electronic Connect-Ed phone calls and emails.

Again, all Manatee District schools will be closed to students until Monday, March 30, 2020. Additional details will be provided to students, parents and employees next week.

Thank you.



3-12-20 - 1:08PM

Students are receiving paper copies, similar to the information below, with the addition of the text from the Manatee School Board robocall and handwashing tips. An electronic version of that letter can be found in the files to your right.

We've also issued a "Mobile Device" survey for our families:



3/11/20 - 2:17PM


Rowlett Parents,

As Spring Break arrives many of you will travel with your families. With the concern about spreading the Coronavirus, please use caution and pay close attention to any interaction with individuals that may be sick. Your children are aware of proper hygiene techniques, but will need reminding. We have been in contact with the School District and, under recommendation from the Department of State and the CDC, we are asking that any student that goes on a cruise or travels to any Level 3 country indicated on the CDC website (link below) impose a "self-isolated"  quarantine for 14 days. In addition, if you or your family are in contact with anyone that may be infected please let your school(s) and the Health Department know right away and follow the 14-day self-isolated quarantine procedure. These absences will be considered excused. 

We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available. Students that are home will receive instructional through online applications. Our staff has started preparing lessons that can be delivered electronically via Google Classroom or other programs in the event of school closure/quarantines.  We are prepared to utilize our technology resources for potential "eLearning days"  which would allow us to continue educating students in situations in which learning would otherwise be disrupted. The safety of our students, staff, and families is our top concern. 

Rowlett Academies will follow Manatee County Guidelines regarding field trips. At this point, all approved field trips will proceed as planned, but this may change depending on updates from the county/state. Parents may use their own discretion regarding student participation in these trips. However, if a student opts out of a trip, we will not be able to provide refunds or compensation.

For RMA Families currently scheduled to attend the NY Arts Field Trip. This trip is NOT refundable, unless you opted to purchase the travel insurance at the time of booking. That said, we are planning to allow the trip to proceed, per the Manatee County Guidelines, which are attached to this message,


Please contact your school administrators directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Helpful resources:
CDC Travel Health Notices:

World Health Organization:




3/11/20 - 8:30AM

Rowlett is closely monitoring the situation and is making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. For now, there have been no indications of a widespread coronavirus outbreak, but that could change as time goes on.


We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:


    • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.


Rowlett will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel classes if it appears the Coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way. While we don’t have any indication that schools will need to close, we want to be prepared to utilize our technology resources for potential "eLearning days" which would allow us to continue educating students in situations in which learning would otherwise be disrupted.


As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains our top priority. We will act out an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being.





Rowlett Academy Health Services
Rowlett’s Clinic is staffed by two nurses. They are available to take care of bumps and bandaids as well as serious medical conditions. They believe that helping each student to achieve their best individual state of overall health and well­being will translate into a more successful student both in the classroom and throughout life.
Clinic Resources

Contact Information for Clinic Staff

•School Nurse Ms. Sina Caffrey, RN-C
941-708-6100 x2009
•Clinic Nurse Ms. Libby Rodgers, RN

941-708-6100 x2004

The clinic is also seeking substitute clinic nurses! Applicants must have a current Florida LPN or RN license, and current CPR/First Aid/AED certification. If you are interested please call the school clinic at 708-6100 ext. 2009.