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the clock winding down on the issue of how to start the upcoming school year in
the coronavirus pandemic, the superintendent of schools in Broward County says
it could start the way last year ended: not in a classroom.
During a workshop meeting Tuesday to address reopening, Superintendent Robert Runcie says he will recommend distance learning as the sole option to start the 2020-21 school year if numbers do not improve in terms of positive cases of the virus in the county.
“That is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and their teachers healthy and safe,” Runcie said.
did not close the door on the idea that students could return to classrooms at
some point during the upcoming year.
conditions improve, and we hope it will not be too distant, additional options
would be introduced including face-to-face,” he added.
Last week, Runcie said
Broward Public Schools are working to comply with the state’s order requiring
schools to reopen this fall but said it will be up to the district to determine
how schools will reopen.
Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran ordered public schools to reopen for
the 2020-2021 school year with “the full panoply of services for the
benefit of Florida students and families.”
throughout the state closed in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, with
students shifting to online learning.
his emergency order, Corcoran stressed the importance of reopening brick and
mortar schools to students.
is a need to open schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the
education process, the comprehensive well-being of students and families and a
return to Florida hitting its full economic stride,” Corcoran wrote.
Schools, like others, are weighing their options, looking at full-time remote
learning, a possible hybrid model in which students alternate between staying
at home and going to class, and a return to full time instruction in the
said that in a recent parent survey that received more than 72,000 responses,
26% percent supported full-time remote learning, 37% supported the hybrid
model, and 34% supported full-time in-class instruction.
Broward Teachers Union supports the full-time school model, but only if social
distancing and other safety precautions are instituted.