PARKLAND, FL- Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that schools in Broward County and across Florida will continue offering online learning as well as in-person instruction for the spring semesters – despite Florida being on the verge of recording one million Covid-19 cases.

“Every parent in Florida can take that to the bank,” DeSantis said in a news conference in Kissimmee.

For weeks, Broward County school officials were concerned that the state was looking to end the option to allow students to continue virtual learning through the end of the school year.

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Under a new order, DeSantis says there will be stricter monitoring requirements in virtual classes.

He said schools will be required to notify parents if their children are performing poorly in online learning and those students will be required to attend school in person unless their parents opt out.

As of Sunday, Florida had 992,660 total Covid-19 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health.

South Florida counties accounted for nearly 44 percent of all new cases, based on a Miami Herald analysis. 

 

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