PARKLAND, FL- The second round of "back to school" begins today in Parkland and Broward County Public Schools. The shift towards in-person learning officially starts on Friday, October 9, for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students. Other students will begin within the next week.
Many functional changes will be in place at schools when students return to school. From students remaining at desks during lunch to social distance spacing in the classrooms, the differences will be noticeable. Additionally, all BCPS classrooms will for the first time have an on-campus nurse and an isolation room to help contain any potential coronavirus infections.
For many parents in Broward County, America's 6th largest school district, the feasibility of keeping their children at home learning is simply not possible. For others, distance learning is still preferred and manageable.
Broward County reported enrollment numbers for all its schools and the number of students returning for in-person learning this month. Nearly every school has fewer than 50% of its students returning to school.
The Parkland statistics are as follows:
Heron Heights Elementary School: 332 students out of 1,041 are returning to school, or 32%.
Park Trails Elementary School: 391 students out of 958 are returning, or 41%.
Riverglades Elementary School: 478 students out of 1,100 are returning, or 44%.
Westglades Middle School: 512 students out of 1,804 are returning, or 28%.
Stoneman Douglas High School: 546 students out of 3,343 are returning, or 16%.
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