CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward County public school students will be returning to virtual classrooms when school starts on Aug. 19.

But when will students begin heading back to physical classrooms?

Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie offered new details this week in his State of the Schools address and in media interviews.

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He said by the end of September, the school district will assess if buildings can be opened on a limited basis to students. That will depend on the rate of coronavirus infections.

For students to return to regular classrooms, the positivity rate (the rate of people testing positive out of those taking the test) will need to be below 5 percent in Broward County, Runcie said.

It’s been averaging between 10-15 percent in recent weeks.

If schools do reopen, they will operate as a hybrid model with students going to schools two or three days a week and take part in virtual learning on the other days, he said. 

Students would eventually move to the full-time in school model if the virus infection rates dwindle further.


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