‘I am confident it can be done': Florida education officials meet with Gov. DeSantis to discuss reopening schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Board of Education met Wednesday with Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss the reopening of Florida schools and the distribution of CARES Act funding.

Commissioner Richard Corcoran provided an update to the board more than a week after he issued an emergency order that schools must be open at least five days per week for all students in August, “subject to advice and orders” given by the Department of Health and local health departments.

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“If a parent would like to have their child in a brick and mortar classroom with a teacher in front of them five days a week, they absolutely should have that option,” Corcoran said.

DeSantis said he has no plans to change his mind on reopening schools, leaving it up to the parents to decide what is best and to the district to decide the best way to do it.

“I am confident it can be done,” he said.

He said that it is more detrimental for kids not to be in school for their social skills and mental health.

School districts across Central Florida have spent the last two weeks refining their reopening plans, which include offering in person and virtual school, and in some cases push back start dates to allow for more preparation.

Watch the discussion in full below:

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Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.