PARKLAND, FL – Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Tuesday that schools would open with e-learning only next month if coronavirus cases don’t decrease significantly by then.

The school district received over 132,000 responses to its survey asking what people prefer for the beginning of school on August 19, 2020.

The voting results are:

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  • 32% prefer e-learning only
  • 35% prefer a hybrid of classroom instruction and e-learning
  • 31% prefer 100% classroom instruction

Runcie said in a school board meeting:

“When we open schools in August, I am recommending that instruction will be 100% e-learning if conditions do not improve and continue to worsen. That is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and their teachers healthy and safe. When conditions improve, and we hope it will not be too distant, then additional options will be introduced.”

School board members are still deciding on specifics of what schools will be like when they open on Aug. 19.

Runcie also shared that although the Broward County Public School system has been working with a skeleton staff since the Coronavirus outbreak, there have still been 107 total cases reported within the BCPS system.

On Monday, there were 1,435 new coronavirus cases were reported in Broward County, bringing the total to 31,484 cases in the county since the start of the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health.


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