CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward County Schools Superintended Robert Runcie confirmed Wednesday that schools will reopen with virtual instruction but offered no timeline for when students can return to brick-and-mortar classrooms.  

“When schools open on Aug. 19, it will be a 100 percent e-learning model,” Runcie said in a video message. “Our teachers will deliver the best e-learning instruction possible by providing direct live instruction in the classroom or virtually.”

He said the COVID-19 infection rate is too high for children to be attending their regular schools.

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In Broward County, the virus positivity rate (number of cases of people testing positive for coronavirus out of those tested) ranged from 22 percent to 12 percent in the past 14 days, according to Florida Department of Health.  Runcie said the rate should be between 3-5 percent over a two-week period for students to return to their schools.

“Florida has become the epicenter of the coronavirus, and with community spread of COVID-19 in Broward County increasing, our only choice is to open our schools with 100 percent e-learning,” he said.

Runcie said the district will be “nimble” in shifting to a hybrid model (in which students would learn in classes two or three days a week and online on the other days) and eventually to full-time, in-classroom learning.


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