CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward County public school students will be returning to virtual classrooms when school starts on Aug. 19.

But when will students begin heading back to physical classrooms?

Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie offered new details this week in his State of the Schools address, in media interviews, and in a video to parents.

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He said by the end of September, the school district will assess if buildings can be opened on a limited basis to students. That will depend on the rate of coronavirus infections.

For students to return to regular classrooms, the positivity rate (the rate of people testing positive out of those taking the test) will need to be below 5 percent in Broward County, Runcie said.

It’s been averaging between 10-15 percent in recent weeks.

If schools do reopen, they will operate as a hybrid model with students going to schools two or three days a week and take part in virtual learning on the other days, he said. 

Students would eventually move to the full-time in school model if the virus infection rates dwindle further.

In addition, Runcie said the district is looking at the possibility of opening some schools for students with disabilities no earlier than Aug. 31, but only if teachers are available and parents permit their children to attend.

Also, he said, as the new school year begins, virtual education will be offered in afternoon and evening sessions to make it easier for working parents to be involved in their children’s schoolwork. He didn’t offer any specific details.

 

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