CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Monday starts the first day of online learning for tens of thousands of Broward County public school students – a monumental challenge that will require students to learn without going to physical classrooms for an unknown number of weeks or potentially months.
“There will be challenges and mistakes as we travel through these uncharted waters,” Superintendent Robert Runcie said in a recent message to the news media. “Our promise to you is that we will fix them and find solutions to move forward. Our children deserve nothing less.”
To prepare for the first day, families picked up, on Saturday, 18,000 computer devices at schools across the county, including those in Coral Springs. Overall, 82,000 devices have been given out to parents and guardians in the past two weeks to prepare students for online education, which Gov. Ron DeSantis said could go on until at least April 15 — and possibly for the rest of the school year.
Through an online program, teacher instruction will occur for a minimum of three hours each day with students having a full day of learning activities, Runcie said in another message posted on the school district’s website.
The instruction will come through the Canvas Learning Management System, which delivers digital versions of textbooks, links to educational programs, lesson plans and instructional materials for every grade level and subject, including resources for students with special needs and those needing bilingual curriculum/instruction, Runcie said.
To learn specifics on how to log into the school district’s Canvas system and other resources, click here.
Also, on Monday, the school district will expand their feeding sites to 47 locations across the county where families could pick up grab-and-go meals, no questions asked, Runcie said. More locations could be opened if needed.