CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Online instruction for Broward County schools will begin on March 30, and the school district is preparing instruction to last through at least April 15, Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie announced Wednesday.

"Instruction will commence as it normally would after we return from Spring break starting March 30," Runcie said.

Lesson plans and content will be made available for every grade level and subject including the arts and physical education. Runcie said the school district has already been using the online program Canvas and will continue to use it moving forward. 

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"Canvas allows our educators and our curriculum staff to collaborate and develop lesson plans and content. We will be leveraging that platform to deliver instruction starting on March 30," Runcie said.

Runcie added that students will receive grades for the courses they have been taking before the coronavirus crisis.

"Our focus right now is that they (students) continue learning, they get all their credits, and they meet all their graduation requirements," Runcie said.

Other key points Runcie made in the announcement:

  • Students can pick up personal items left at their schools on Friday from 8-2 p.m.
  • Distribution of computing devices will be held at each school on Friday from 8-2 p.m.
  • Full time and part-time employees will see no disruption in pay. Employees working 20 hours a week will receive a pro-rated paycheck.
  • There will be no meal distribution during the regularly scheduled Spring break. 
  • Meals will continue on March 30 from 8-10 am and 11- 1 p.m.