CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As Covid-19 cases go up, virtual learning will continue in Broward County and across Florida next year, the state’s top education official said Wednesday.
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said he's working on a new executive order to extend the funding for online education, giving parents the option to keep their students doing remote learning.
The existing emergency order was set to expire in January which could have required students to return to in-person learning at their schools.
If the order is not extended, Broward County school district would lose nearly $200 million, which would require cutting staffing levels, according to the district.
The announcement came as Florida is seeing an uptick in reported cases, hitting over more than 900,000 cases.
Here is our Wednesday update on the impact of Covid-19 in Coral Springs, Broward County, and Florida, according to Florida Department of Health:
- Since Nov. 14, 159 new cases as reported Wednesday. (4,546 total cases)
- Since Nov. 14, 3,607 new cases as reported Wednesday. (97,475 total cases)
- Positivity rate (a key indicator of infection spread) on Wednesday: 7.88%
- Since Nov. 14, 23 new death as reported Wednesday. (1,608 total deaths)
- Since Nov. 14, 30,152 new cases as reported Wednesday. (905,248 total cases)
- Since Nov. 14, 242 new deaths as reported Wednesday. (17,731 total deaths)
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