Gov. DeSantis says schools need to reopen next month, parents can choose whether to send students in person

Video: Gov. DeSantis says schools need to reopen next month, parents can choose whether to send students in person

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran hosted a news conference Wednesday in Clearwater to discuss why schools need to reopen in the fall, despite Florida’s rising COVID-19 case numbers and death count.

During the news conference, DeSantis said opening schools is not important just for the children, but also their parents who are also trying to run businesses, make ends meet after being out of work and who just need less to juggle at home.

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DeSantis said the risk of children getting sick is much less than the risk of children falling behind academically and struggling socially and mentally from missing school. But, he said, he knows not everyone shares his opinion and that’s why he said the choice is up to parents whether they send their students back to classrooms or choose to do school virtually.

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