CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With Covid-19 cases down substantially, Broward County Public Schools is planning to reopen school campuses on Oct. 5, Superintendent Robert Runcie said Tuesday.

Runcie’s announcement followed the school district meeting many of its criteria for reopening, including -- a low countywide coronavirus positivity rate (it was at 2.6 percent on Sunday), and Gov. Ron DeSantis moving the county to a less-restrictive Phase 2 reopening this week.

“It’s trending down to a level that we feel it’s safe to reopen our schools,” Runcie said.

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Parents will still be able to choose whether to allow their children to return to in-person learning on campuses or continue on with e-learning at home.

A survey will be going out to parents on Sept. 22.

Runcie said schools will take significant safeguards against Covid-19, among them -- requiring students to wear masks on campuses and turn in homework digitally.

Initially, there will not be science labs, he added.

“The district is taking extraordinary precautions to make our schools as safe as possible and to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Still, he said the district can’t guarantee that the classrooms or buildings will be free of coronavirus once they reopen.


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