Here's the latest in back-to-school news from districts around Florida:
Students in the Florida Keys won't return to physical classrooms for at least the first four weeks of school, and the start of the school year may be delayed by a week or so, perhaps until Aug. 17. The Monroe County school board is expected to make a decision on the start date this week. Virtual instruction only will go through Sept. 11, according to incoming schools superintendent Terri Axford.
Monroe Reopening Plan
Miami-Dade public school students will start the new school year with online-only classes, with the hope of being able to offer optional in-person classes starting in October, the county's superintendent said Wednesday. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also said Miami-Dade schools will push back the opening date from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.
Miami-Dade Reopening Plan
- Miami-Dade Schools to Delay Reopening, Start With Online Only Classes Miami Herald / WPLG
The Collier County Public School Board voted unanimously this week to push the start date for the upcoming school year to Aug. 31. Collier is planning a choice-based hybrid model for conducting classes, with parents able to choose on-campus classes, two types of virtual learning, or homeschool. All students and staff will be expected to wear a face covering when on a school campus.
Collier Reopening Plan
- Collier Pushes Start Date Back, Parents Concerned About Mask Requirement WINK News
- Collier Board Delays School Start Naples Daily News
More than 60 percent of families in Pinellas County who answered the district's survey have said they want their child to begin the school year learning from home. Students in the Tampa Bay area county will have the option of taking live online classes through their assigned school or taking classes through the existing Pinellas Virtual School for remote learning. The district also will open school buildings allowing children to attend classes in person - something 40 percent of families in Pinellas who answered the survey said they'll do. The families of 40,000 children answer the survey by the deadline - about 40 percent of the district's roughly 100,000 students. The district will try to track down those families to give them another chance to respond, but if they don't, they'll be assigned to in-school learning.
Pinellas Reopening Plan
Students in Orange County will start the school year with online classes only beginning Aug. 10, with those opting to attend face-to-face classes to start on campus learning on Aug. 21, the school system announced. The district had planned to delay the start from Aug. 10 to Aug. 21 with students either in online or in-person classes. But teachers and their union said that unfairly delayed their first paycheck until September. The compromise announced Monday means students will study online at first through the district's live, virtual class platform for nine days before continuing either in the classroom or online.
Orange Reopening Plan
The Santa Rosa County School Board last week approved a virtual learning option for students and will vote next week on proposals for a face mask policy and a postponed school start date. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is pushing to have the district delay the start of school until Aug. 24 to give the district time to accommodate requests for remote learning during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Santa Rosa Reopening Plan
Most school districts in Florida have completed at least preliminary plans for how to begin classes in the fall, though questions remain about when some districts will be ready to open school buildings for some students to attend in-person classes. While the state has mandated in-person learning be an option, and that schools must be open five days a week, many school districts are also planning to give parents the choice to let students learn virtually. Some districts have hybrid plans that include both. All districts have to have their plans approved by the state Department of Education by the end of July.
LobbyTools' Database of School District Reopening Plans