PARKLAND, FL- Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie held a press conference Wednesday morning to update the public with the latest plan for local families and students. 

Runcie stated that online instruction will begin on March 30 and that BCPS are preparing to instruct students through online learning through at least April 15, 2020.

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

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Lesson plans and content will be made available for every grade level and subject including the arts and physical education. Runcie stated that BCPS has already been using the online program Canvas and will continue to utilize that program moving forward. 

"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 shared.

Runcie confirmed that students will receive grades for their courses. Modifications will be need to be made to the grading system as students will not be taking the FSA or end of course exams.   

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


Key points from the press conference:

  • Online education will begin March 30, 2020, until at least April 15, 2020.
  • Students will be receiving grades. Final details to be worked out in next several days.
  • Students can pick up personal items left at their local school on Friday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Distribution of computing devices will be held at each local school on Friday, March 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Full time and part-time employees will see no disruption in pay. Employees working 20 hours per 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 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.