Based on a long-awaited and expected decision, public schools in Miami-Dade County will begin the school year at a distance, and later, on August 31, school officials informed Wednesday.
The announcement came at an extraordinary meeting of the school board. All students, regardless of what their parents said in a recent survey, will start the school year using a more formal and unified platform called My School Online.
“We are always aware that many families have already started planning to return to school through their preferred Stage II model,”; said Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade School Board. “However, given the viral growth in our community, we believe it is in the best interest of our students and staff to postpone returning to the school home and start the 2020-2021 school year remotely.”
Like other districts in the state, Miami-Dade decided to suppress the first day of his school. Orientation for students and parents will take place in the week of August 24.
The school district will decide by 30 September whether the conditions will allow the school district to reopen on 5 October.
If it is safe, the district will reopen schools with social separation and mandatory masks for those who want to send their children to school. Carvalho said the district can accommodate students in a school house and those who want to continue learning online.
Miami-Dade School’s decision to teach only remotely is governed by similar decisions by Broward and Monroe public school districts.
Broward’s head of school, Robert Runcie, said the school district, the second largest school in the state, would begin the school year on August 19 only online.
In Monroe County, the Florida Keys, public schools organize classes online for at least the first four weeks. The courses will begin on August 13 or 17, the school district said.
Virtual learning in the Keys will take place at least on September 11th.
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