Governor Ron DeSantis announces plans to 'fully open' Florida's K-12 schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces plans for reopening Florida's K-12 schools in August
Posted at 1:11 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 13:12:00-04

Gov. Ron DeSantis has unveiled a plan for K-12 schools to reopen in the fall at "full capacity.”

Thursday, Gov. DeSantis announced the plan for a return to on-campus instruction in the upcoming school year, saying plans for exactly how schools will reopen will be decided at a local level.

According to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corocran, the plan provides health and instructional recommendations for reopening Florida’s schools, aligned to the executive direction of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Re-Open Florida Task Force’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The message should be loud and clear. We are saying, with a strong recommendation to our great superintendents that we work with, we want schools fully opened in the fall because there is no better way to educate our kids than have that great teacher in front of that child," said Corcoran.

Corcoran also touted data showing that kids were at "extremely low-risk" for contracting or spreading COVID-19 and said that even more harm is done when children don't have that face-to-face learning experience.

Districts or schools are encouraged to coordinate with local health departments and medical experts, to establish their own, unique protocols for reopening schools.

You can watch the full conference below:

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