Public schools in Florida must reopen in August, state says

Elias Hubbard
July 7, 2020

Florida, the new United States hotspot for coronavirus, will require schools to reopen in August.

"All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students", Corocoran said, according to the newspaper.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in keeping with the president's messaging also tweeted that American education must be "fully open and fully operational this fall" - but failed to offer any kind of organized strategy for how to do so safely, leaving state and local officials once again to fend for themselves and make calls of their own.

School districts are also instructed to follow any executive orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis along with any advice from state or local health officials.

"Logically, I don't think they could say schools aren't safe if they are allowing people to be out in public", Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said.

The department's order further requires all schools that accept state scholarship money to submit a reopening plan that satisfies the state's requirements.

Corcoran's order requires school boards prepare to reopen buildings for all students, full time; prohibits them from using a hybrid model, where students spend half their time in school and half at home; and mandates they meet the minimum number of instructional hours for students and schools provide all services they normally do.

Schools, including charter schools, must offer a complete array of their services available to students come fall. "It is forcing compromised staff back to work".

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