CORAL SPRINGS, FL- Broward County Public Schools is planning to begin reopening schools for in-person instruction on Oct. 14 for some students and Oct. 20 for others.
The district had planned to start instruction on Oct. 5, but concerns from employees, parents, and school board members over Covid-19 safety and preparedness issues pushed the date back to Oct. 14.
After a marathon 12-hour Broward County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Robert Runcie said students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade, and nine grade will begin returning in clusters on Oct. 14, 15, 16, and the remainder of students will return on Oct. 20.
“The first full day for all classes, for all students, and for all schools will be Oct. 20,” Runcie said to the news media after the meeting.
Teachers will get half-days for planning on Oct. 9 and 12 and a full-day on Oct. 13, Runcie said.
The district is now in the middle of a survey to determine how many teachers are expecting to return for in-person instruction or take a leave of absence.
In addition, school officials will start a survey for parents to find out whether they will have their children return to their home schools or continue on with e-learning instruction.
Students and staff returning to schools will be required to wear masks, sanitize their hands, and follow all other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
“This is unchartered territory for all of us,” Runice said.
The school board will vote on final recommendations in early October, he said.
Correction: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that second grade will be coming back beginning on Oct.14.
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