Under New Florida Policy, Parents Must Be Notified If Child Is Struggling With Distance Learning, Will Be Required To Return To School Unless Parents Opt Out.
KISSIMMEE, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moments ago (12:05 p.m.) at a news conference at Boggy Creek Elementary School in Kissimmee affirmed that distance learning will continue in the spring for families who opt to learn from home. In-person education will continue for families who opt to return to the classroom.
DeSantis said there will be no change in funding to school districts that continue to offer hybrid programs.
“Schools will remain open for in person instructions and we will continue to offer parents choices for the spring semester,” said DeSantis. “And parents can take that to the bank.”
Governor DeSantis announced one change to current policy.
“Parents must be notified if a student is struggling with virtual learning,” announced DeSantis. “(Florida) will still provide the child the option of virtual learning if they want, but they must return to in person learning unless the parents opt out and say they want to continue with distance learning.”
While announcing that distance learning will continue, DeSantis also said that he believes closing schools for COVID-19 was — and is — a huge mistake.
“Virtual learning is just not the same as in person learning,” said DeSantis. “Closing schools (for COVID-19) is the biggest public health blunder in public health history.”
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran spent time during the news conference praising Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for “his leadership.”
In Palm Beach County, roughly 60 percent of the 180,000 person student body continues to learn from home, with 40 percent opting for in-person education. Nearly 800 students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Palm Beach County School District since the “brick and mortar” option started in September.
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