PARKLAND, FL- As the virtual doors opened the 2020-2021 school year in Parkland and Broward County, the state of Florida was beginning to experience some consistent signs of improvement while battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trend in all three major South Florida counties has been moving in the right direction in recent weeks, and Governor Ron DeSantis noted that a move to Phase II may be around the corner.

During a roundtable discussion today, DeSantis spoke about the improvements in Florida as a whole.

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"MIami-Dade was under ten percent for the first time since June," said DeSantis. "If we look at the trends in all those (South Florida) counties, we've had significant downward trends for weeks now."

A move to Phase II means that retail business can operate at full capacity, while bars and movie theaters are allowed to operate at 50%.

The move to Phase II would also indicate a step in the right direction when it comes to the 100% distance learning that Parkland students are adjusting to as Broward County works to stem the tide of the pandemic. Superintendent Robert Runcie has said that BCPS will be 100% distance learning until at least October 1st.


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