Coronavirus: Florida school districts could return at different times, governor says

This is what many classrooms look like during the 2 week closure.
This is what many classrooms look like during the 2 week closure. (WSLS 10)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Like much of the decisions made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Florida’s governor believes the right time to send students back to school may not be a “one-size-fits-all” move.

Currently, Florida students are practicing distance learning to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and will be through at least the end of April, according to state education officials.

What happens after that is still up in the air, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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The governor said in a news conference Thursday he wants to send students back to school as soon as possible, but only if it’s safe to do so.

“If we get to the point where people think that we’re on the other side of this [pandemic] and we could get kids back in -- even if it’s for a couple of weeks -- we think that there would be value in that,” DeSantis said.

According to the latest numbers, more than 16,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 350 deaths have been reported statewide, but data has shown the virus tends to be less of a threat to children than other members of the population and he thinks this should be taken into consideration when deciding how soon to send students back to school.

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