Florida education secretary issues executive order to reopen schools this fall

Brick-and-mortar schools will be open 5 days a week

Some parents consider private schools ahead of fall reopening

Florida schools will be physically open this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which shows no signs of slowing, according to a statewide executive order issued Monday.

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Florida Department of Education Secretary Richard Corcoran signed the order Monday that was created with the goal of reopening all brick-and-mortar schools for at least five days a week for all students beginning in August, according to the executive order.

The executive order was signed Monday around 11 a.m., hours later President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”

Before Florida schools reopen they must submit a plan to the school district detailing plans for health and safety precautions as well as how to monitor learning gaps amid the pandemic, according to the order. This also applies to charter schools and private schools that accept scholarship students.

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The Florida Department of Education will give the final OK for school reopening plans.

“The Department will consider factors, including but not limited to, the percentage of students in the district who are projected to learn through live synchronous or asynchronous instruction, and the quality of proposed progress monitoring data and efforts to close achievement gaps,” according to the order.

Students will be given the option to continue virtual learning.

You can read the full Executive Order HERE

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