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Gilchrist County School District

Gilchrist County School District The Gilchrist County School District is located in north-central Florida and is home to four schools

Operating as usual

09/28/2022
09/27/2022

The following Gilchrist County schools will open as shelters at 6:00 p.m. this evening:
Bell High School - Special Needs Shelter
Bell Elementary - General Population - Pet Friendly
Trenton Elementary - General Population

09/26/2022

Schools will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 27, and all extra-curricular activities will continue as planned on Tuesday ONLY.

09/26/2022

Due to Hurricane Ian, all Gilchrist County public schools will be closed and all extracurricular activities are canceled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (Sept. 28-30). Schools will be open tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 27, but a decision has not been made about after school activities for tomorrow (stay tuned).

The Special Needs Shelter at Bell High School will open tomorrow evening, Tues., Sept. 27, at 6:00 p.m. The General Population Shelters will also be opening, but a specific opening time/date has not yet been established.

We encourage everyone to continue preparations for the storm, and we will post new information as we receive it. Stay safe!!

09/25/2022

The district is working closely with Emergency Management as we all keep a close watch on Tropical Storm Ian. While it is too early to make any decisions, we will continue to monitor the storm closely and keep you informed as it progresses.

08/15/2022

We are pleased to announce that all GCSD school and office phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may continue to contact all schools and offices at their published numbers. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

08/15/2022

We are currently experiencing an internet and phone outage at GCSD, which includes all of our schools and offices. If you need to reach one of the schools, please call the alternate numbers listed below:

Bell Elementary 352-210-6157
Bell High 352-210-6168
Trenton Elementary 352-210-7905
Trenton High 352-339-3639

We will update this message when the internet and regular phone lines are restored. Thank you for your patience!

07/07/2022

CONGRATULATIONS Gilchrist County! We are once again an A school district! School and District grades just came out today, and we are ranked 7th in the state. We are truly thankful and blessed to live in a community who values and supports quality education. Thank you to each of you for playing an important role in the success of our school district!

Individual school grades are as follows:
THS - A
TES - A
BES - B
BHS - A

Way to go GCSD!

06/30/2022

We are pleased to announce that the Bell phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may continue to contact BES and BHS at their published numbers. Keep in mind that BHS is closed on Thursdays for the summer.

06/30/2022

We are pleased to announce that the Bell phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may continue to contact BES at BHS at their published numbers. Keep in mind that BHS is closed on Thursdays for the summer.

06/30/2022

We are currently experiencing a phone outage at both Bell schools. Bell High School office is closed on Thursdays. However, if you need to reach Bell Elementary School, please call the alternate number listed below:

Bell Elementary 352-210-6157

We will update this message when the regular phone lines are restored. Thank you for your patience!

04/07/2022

We are adopting new textbooks for MATH!

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(c), an open, noticed School Board meeting to hear public comments in regards to the new proposed mathematics textbooks will be held at the Gilchrist County School Board Office located at 310 NW 11th Ave., Trenton, FL 32693 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

To view the proposed materials, click this link: https://www.gilchristschools.org/page/instructional-materials

03/17/2022

In the best interest of our students, staff and community, all Gilchrist County schools will be closed tomorrow and all extra-curricular activities on OUR campuses are cancelled. Away games and activities will continue. However, all participants will be contacted by the school with special instructions.

Next week is Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your time off with your children.

We will continue to work with Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. We are all looking forward to resuming our normal schedules after Spring Break.

Once again, we appreciate your patience and support.

Thank you, Jim Surrency

03/17/2022

Out of an abundance of caution, all extra-curricular activities have been cancelled for today; this includes after school programs, tutoring, practices, athletic competitions (whether home or away), etc.

Thank you for your continued support!

03/17/2022

Good morning parents!

As you know, we are continuing to work with law enforcement agencies to identify the source of the recent threats to our schools.

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our schools, each campus will participate in a lock down for a short period of time today to conduct additional security sweeps. We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

We will continue to keep you informed.

Thank you!
Jim Surrency, Superintendent of Schools

The Gilchrist County School calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved by the school board on March 15, 2022.  ...
03/16/2022

The Gilchrist County School calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved by the school board on March 15, 2022. The calendar is available on the district's website under "Menu" - "Documents" - "School Calendars".

03/16/2022

Good morning!

Out of an abundance of caution and to assist in the recent investigation, Bell Elementary School and Trenton High School will be closed today, March 16 (Wednesday).

Trenton Elementary and Bell High will be open and will resume normal schedules.

All schools will be open tomorrow unless notified otherwise.

03/15/2022

Good evening!

We want to assure you that the investigation into the recent school threats is continuing and is a top priority for multiple law enforcement agencies including Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Our number one priority is and always will be the safety of our students and staff. We are also trying to maintain the integrity of our instructional program by keeping schools open when possible. However, until this investigation has concluded, please be prepared for last minute school closures if necessary. Currently, all schools are open tomorrow, March 16.

Once again, we appreciate your support and patience as we work through this difficult situation.

Thank you,
Jim Surrency, Superintendent

03/15/2022

Good morning, this is Jim Surrency, Superintendent of Schools.

Overnight, our school district received additional threats that resulted in Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Deputies sweeping all four school campuses to ensure the safety of every student and employee this morning.

Law enforcement found no evidence of a physical threat to our schools and has given the “all clear.” However, multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are continuing the ongoing investigation to determine and prosecute the source of these recent threats.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools are open and are being monitored closely by law enforcement and our district safety team.

Thank you for your support.

03/11/2022

As many of you know, there was a bomb threat to Bell High School this morning which resulted in the school being closed for the day. I have been and will continue to work in unison with Sheriff Schultz so that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

Although law enforcement found no evidence of a bomb or any other threat and has given us the “all clear,” a thorough and aggressive investigation has been launched with multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sherriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools will resume normal schedules on Monday!

(Re-posted for name correction)

03/11/2022

As many of you know, there was a bomb threat to Bell High School this morning which resulted in the school being closed for the day. I have been and will continue to work in unison with Sheriff Shultz so that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.



Although law enforcement found no evidence of a bomb or any other threat and has given us the “all clear,” a thorough and aggressive investigation has been launched with multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sherriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.



Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools will resume normal schedules on Monday!

03/11/2022

There has been a possible bomb threat at BELL HIGH SCHOOL. Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled school at Bell High School only. BHS bus riders will be transported home after a short wait at the elementary school. We are also checking the elementary campus before allowing students to enter. BES students will be held on the buses or at parent pick up until that campus has been cleared by law enforcement. After that, school will resume at BES as usual unless we notify you otherwise. Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene and assisting us with this investigation.

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09/23/2021
Quarantine in Schools Update

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09/03/2021

COVID Reminders

We are working in conjunction with the local health department to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Therefore, we are following the guidance of the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. We understand that being quarantined from school is a burden, but it is necessary to keep everyone safe.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of Covid, please keep him/her home!

Symptoms may include any of the following:

· Fever or chills
· Cough
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Fatigue
· Muscle or body aches
· Headache
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Diarrhea

If your child has had a Covid test and is awaiting results, please quarantine him/her UNTIL you have the results.

If your child has had a positive test, please contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance.

If your child has been in direct contact with a positive person, he/she will need to quarantine based on the date of contact. PLEASE contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance. Direct contact occurs when a person has been within six feet for at least fifteen accumulated minutes of a positive person.

If your child is quarantined from school, please contact the school to ensure your child has access to his/her school work. If your child is feeling fine, please make sure he/she completes work daily. If your child is sick, he/she will be given additional time to make up work.

The link below contains the DOH/DOE student quarantine guidelines GCSD is following.

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1015244/Covid_21-22_One_Pager_DOE__002_.jpg

Please have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

09/03/2021

COVID Reminders

We are working in conjunction with the local health department to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Therefore, we are following the guidance of the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. We understand that being quarantined from school is a burden, but it is necessary to keep everyone safe.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of Covid, please keep him/her home!

Symptoms may include any of the following:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

If your child has had a Covid test and is awaiting results, please quarantine him/her UNTIL you have the results.

If your child has had a positive test, please contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance.

If your child has been in direct contact with a positive person, he/she will need to quarantine based on the date of contact. PLEASE contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance. Direct contact occurs when a person has been within six feet for at least fifteen accumulated minutes of a positive person.

If your child is quarantined from school, please contact the school to ensure your child has access to his/her school work. If your child is feeling fine, please make sure he/she completes work daily. If your child is sick, he/she will be given additional time to make up work. The link below contains the student quarantine guidelines GCSD is following.

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1015244/Covid_21-22_One_Pager_DOE__002_.jpg

Please have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

09/03/2021

COVID Reminders

We are working in conjunction with the local health department to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Therefore, we are following the guidance of the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. We understand that being quarantined from school is a burden, but it is necessary to keep everyone safe.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of Covid, please keep him/her home!

Symptoms may include any of the following:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
If your child has had a Covid test and is awaiting results, please quarantine him/her UNTIL you have the results.

If your child has had a positive test, please contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance.

If your child has been in direct contact with a positive person, he/she will need to quarantine based on the date of contact. PLEASE contact the health department (463-3120) and follow their guidance. Direct contact occurs when a person has been within six feet for at least fifteen accumulated minutes of a positive person.

If your child is quarantined from school, please contact the school to ensure your child has access to his/her school work. If your child is feeling fine, please make sure he/she completes work daily. If your child is sick, he/she will be given additional time to make up work. The link below contains the quarantine guidelines GCSD is following.

DOE/DOH Covid Student Quarantine Guidelines

Please have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

09/03/2021
COVID Reminders

COVID Reminders

We are working in conjunction with the local health department to ensure the health and safety of ou...

Public Release regarding student meals.
08/17/2021

Public Release regarding student meals.

07/22/2021

Extended Day Program-Students will be accepted into the Extended Day program based on criteria including the order applications are received, teacher input, and previous acceptance into the program. If you are interested in your child attending the Extended Day Program, please complete the application and return it to the front office. Upon acceptance, parents will be emailed an electronic link to pay the first payment.
The application is available with this link:
https://5il.co/vuip

07/06/2021

Due to Tropical Storm Elsa, the Gilchrist County School District will be closed on Wednesday, July 7. This includes all school campuses and all offices. At this time, we plan to reopen on Thursday, July 8. Please stay safe!

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We are adopting new textbooks for MATH!

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(c), an open, noticed School Board meeting to hear public comments in regards to the new proposed mathematics textbooks will be held at the Gilchrist County School Board Office located at 310 NW 11th Ave., Trenton, FL 32693 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

To view the proposed materials, click this link: https://www.gilchristschools.org/page/instructional-materials
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In the best interest of our students, staff and community, all Gilchrist County schools will be closed tomorrow and all extra-curricular activities on OUR campuses are cancelled. Away games and activities will continue. However, all participants will be contacted by the school with special instructions.

Next week is Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your time off with your children.

We will continue to work with Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. We are all looking forward to resuming our normal schedules after Spring Break.

Once again, we appreciate your patience and support.

Thank you, Jim Surrency
Out of an abundance of caution, all extra-curricular activities have been cancelled for today; this includes after school programs, tutoring, practices, athletic competitions (whether home or away), etc.

Thank you for your continued support!
Good morning parents!

As you know, we are continuing to work with law enforcement agencies to identify the source of the recent threats to our schools.

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our schools, each campus will participate in a lock down for a short period of time today to conduct additional security sweeps. We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

We will continue to keep you informed.

Thank you!
Jim Surrency, Superintendent of Schools
The Gilchrist County School calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved by the school board on March 15, 2022. The calendar is available on the district's website under "Menu" - "Documents" - "School Calendars".
Good morning!

Out of an abundance of caution and to assist in the recent investigation, Bell Elementary School and Trenton High School will be closed today, March 16 (Wednesday).

Trenton Elementary and Bell High will be open and will resume normal schedules.

All schools will be open tomorrow unless notified otherwise.
Good evening!

We want to assure you that the investigation into the recent school threats is continuing and is a top priority for multiple law enforcement agencies including Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Our number one priority is and always will be the safety of our students and staff. We are also trying to maintain the integrity of our instructional program by keeping schools open when possible. However, until this investigation has concluded, please be prepared for last minute school closures if necessary. Currently, all schools are open tomorrow, March 16.

Once again, we appreciate your support and patience as we work through this difficult situation.

Thank you,
Jim Surrency, Superintendent
Good morning, this is Jim Surrency, Superintendent of Schools.

Overnight, our school district received additional threats that resulted in Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Deputies sweeping all four school campuses to ensure the safety of every student and employee this morning.

Law enforcement found no evidence of a physical threat to our schools and has given the “all clear.” However, multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are continuing the ongoing investigation to determine and prosecute the source of these recent threats.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools are open and are being monitored closely by law enforcement and our district safety team.

Thank you for your support.
As many of you know, there was a bomb threat to Bell High School this morning which resulted in the school being closed for the day. I have been and will continue to work in unison with Sheriff Schultz so that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

Although law enforcement found no evidence of a bomb or any other threat and has given us the “all clear,” a thorough and aggressive investigation has been launched with multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sherriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools will resume normal schedules on Monday!

(Re-posted for name correction)
As many of you know, there was a bomb threat to Bell High School this morning which resulted in the school being closed for the day. I have been and will continue to work in unison with Sheriff Shultz so that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.



Although law enforcement found no evidence of a bomb or any other threat and has given us the “all clear,” a thorough and aggressive investigation has been launched with multiple agencies including Gilchrist County Sherriff’s Office, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to provide an increased presence in and around our schools out of an abundance of caution.



Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.

All schools will resume normal schedules on Monday!
There has been a possible bomb threat at BELL HIGH SCHOOL. Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled school at Bell High School only. BHS bus riders will be transported home after a short wait at the elementary school. We are also checking the elementary campus before allowing students to enter. BES students will be held on the buses or at parent pick up until that campus has been cleared by law enforcement. After that, school will resume at BES as usual unless we notify you otherwise. Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene and assisting us with this investigation.
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