Lake County votes to push back school start date

Parents can choose between 4 learning options

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lake County school board voted Monday to push back the start date of the upcoming fall semester to give teachers more time to prepare for the changes they’ll face due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The start date will moved from Aug. 10 to Aug. 24. An original proposal from the superintendent called for the fall semester to begin on Aug. 17 but the board ultimately voted to push it back a week further.

The school board is hosting a special meeting Monday morning to finalize reopening plans. The meeting, which began virtually at 9:30 a.m., ended after more than eight hours of discussion.

You can rewatch it in the media player below:

Schools districts across the state learned earlier this month that they would need to open for in-person learning come August.

Like many other districts locally, Lake County Schools has laid out four learning options from which parents can choose: traditional school, Lake County Virtual School and a modified day that would involve students receiving English and math in person and all other classes virtually and an option that would allow for live daily virtual classes at home.

The fourth option was just added during Monday’s meeting.

Parents are asked to choose an option online by Friday.

You can read more about the reopening plan here.