Plato Academy Palm Harbor shut down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Pinellas County Schools’ daily coronavirus update for Sept. 23 indicated that Plato Academy Palm Harbor, a charter school, is in a self-imposed shutdown after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Plato Academy Palm Harbor, a charter school, has reopened after a brief shutdown after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The school sent students and staff home on Sept. 22 in order to do a deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas. “Once we made sure that we had enough coverage for any of the employees who are self-isolating, so that the school would continue to operate properly, we reopened,” said Constantinos Scaros, superintendent of Plato Academy Charter Schools.

The affected employee, along with those who were in close contact with that employee, are home self-isolating through Oct. 2.

Pinellas County Schools’ daily coronavirus update for Sept. 23 indicated that the school was in a self-imposed shutdown. The report stated that no students at the school had tested positive.

As a charter school, Plato Academy, one of eight Plato campuses in Pinellas, is largely autonomous.