PARKLAND, FL- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie held a press conference Tuesday morning announcing that District school campuses will remain closed through Friday, May 1, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The BCPS will continue with online distance learning. 

Superintendent Runcie was grateful to both teachers and the parents during this transitional educational time.

"First I want to recognize and thank our teachers for the amazing shift in their approach and embracing this distance learning model that we've now had to launch. It just really is a testament to the dedication and love that our teachers have for their work and their students. I want to thank our community and our parents for their patience," Runcie shared. 

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Monday morning students all over Broward County returned to school virtually through the BCPS system Canvas. "We've had to essentially redesign and shift our education system within a couple of weeks," explained Runcie. "Yesterday was our first day back. We did have some technical challenges with our online system Canvas."

Canvas reported that Monday, March 30, 2020 logged the most traffic and sign-on in its history. BCPS had over 180,000 users on Monday, March 30, 2020. BCPS worked with Canvas to improve the site and Runcie stated, "The teachers and students should continue to see improvements each day."

Florida State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran also announced Florida schools will be closed until at least Friday, May 1, 2020. BCPS will follow these guidelines and wait for further guidance from the Department of Education. 

"Our plan is to prepare for continuing the current education model and distance learning that we have throughout the reminder of this school year," said Runcie.