Message from the Superintendent

"Good afternoon.

As I think about all that we have accomplished this week, I reflect on the purpose we serve for our community. Our school district was created 150 years ago to serve the children left behind in the aftermath of the Civil War so that education would provide stability during a time of uncertainty and despair. Today, 150 years later, we still serve that purpose during difficult and rapidly changing times. Though times have changed, our purpose remains the same.

And so I congratulate our District and community on a successful first week of ‘Online and Home Learning’. It has been a remarkable joint effort to ensure our students are continuing their education during this difficult time. 

As of April 1st the District has handed out almost 6,500 chromebooks to students. Partners across Putnam County have graciously provided their WIFI credentials for students to use at various locations. Teachers are continuing to make contact with their students, and most importantly students are getting back to learning.

I am proud of how our departments have jumped in to provide support on such short notice. Food service has provided over 24,000 meals for children so far this week. Bus drivers and instructional assistants have served as the backbone of support for getting meals and information to families that are not able to come to school sites. Custodians have deep cleaned. Academic coaches have been providing online professional learning to teachers as they transition quickly to online teaching. With the help of donations from community businesses, the Pre-K department has been able to provide special packets for our youngest students. Personnel at schools have worked tirelessly to meet the varied needs of our families. These are just a few examples of the amazing work that continues to occur.

I am overwhelmed at the support and care that is being shown to our most precious resource… our children.

The health, safety, and education of our students is essential, so I want to take a moment to address how the Governor's most recent Executive Order impacts educational services. Executive Order 20-91, the statewide Safer at Home mandate, allows the Putnam County School District to continue on its current path of educating all students through the ‘Online and Home Learning’ platform. School and district offices will remain open for the purpose of supporting online learning and providing essential functions. Food will continue to be distributed as established, following the CDC guidelines that include maintaining social distancing and allowing food to be consumed off campus.

I appreciate your continued flexibility, compassion and grace for our students, staff, and families during this difficult time. Know that I am here to support you and will continue to keep you updated as this situation unfolds.

Thank you and stay safe."


Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after  going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.

Florida Health Department COVID-19 information.
Putnam Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates.

Click HERE for Putnam County locations allowing students to use their WIFI.

Feeding Program (Beginning March 30th)

Superintendent Dr. Rick Surrency is pleased to share with you that we will be expanding our meal services to students beginning March 30th, 2020 and will continue to provide this service for as long as 'Online and Home Learning' is in effect in Putnam County.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Meals will be prepackaged and distributed by drive-thru at select school parent pick-up/bus loop or pick-up at bus stops throughout the county to be consumed off site. Children must be present to receive their meal.

PCSD Meal Distribution Information

Open Enrollment

2020-21 Controlled Open Enrollment applications will be available March 1, 2020 through July 1, 2020.