CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Tuesday that schools would open virtually next month if coronavirus cases don’t go down before then.

He said in a school board meeting:

“When we open schools in August, I am recommending that instruction will be 100% e-learning if conditions do not improve and continue to worsen. That is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and their teachers healthy and safe. When conditions improve, and we hope it will not be too distant, then additional options will be introduced.”

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School board members are still deciding on specifics of what schools will be like when they open on Aug. 19.

They have looked at various options should the conditions improve, including returning to classrooms at schools. The options are:

1) Full-time, in-classroom learning

2) Full-time, learning online

3) A “hybrid,” in which students would learn in classes two or three days a week and online on the other days.

On Monday, there were 1,435 new coronavirus cases were reported in Broward County, bringing the total to 31,484 cases in the county since the start of the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health.


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