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Distance learning reigns for rest of school year

David Adlerstein
The Apalach Times

During Saturday afternoon’s COVID-19 press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis recommended all Florida K12 public and private schools continue with distance learning, and keep school campuses closed through June 3, for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

A release from the Florida Department of Education said school districts “have worked diligently,,,,to operationalize their distance learning plans by March 30, and FDOE provided that same support to public charter schools and many private schools, ensuring continuation of the best possible educational services throughout Florida.”

It notes that Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced that Florida is setting the pace nationwide for distance learning.

“Although COVID-19 has been a huge disruption for Florida students and educators, Florida teachers have done a fantastic job leading the nation in distance learning. Our number one goal is to ensure the safety and security of students and to provide a great education,” said DeSantis. “At this point, opening school campuses would cause a massive shift for our students, teachers and families who have done a great job of adapting to distance education

“Florida’s education community has risen to the occasion, Florida students are resilient, and I am proud of Florida’s educators. We will do everything we can to continue supporting distance learning throughout the state,” the governor is quoated as saying, in the release.

“Today’s recommendation to continue distance learning, will give our students, their families, teachers and our school leaders the ability to maximize student learning, while ensuring everyone’s health and safety continues to be our first priority,” said Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “As students continue to excel in distance learning, we will continue to work with superintendents, school administrations, colleges, teachers, parents and students to implement best practices, resources and support systems to ensure positive educational outcomes for those most affected.”

In March, FDOE also announced the cancellation of spring 2020 state assessments, meaning that schools gained back instructional time that will allow local districts and schools to still end the school year based on their local calendars.

Superintendent Traci Yoder said she will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Education, the Governor’s Office and other agencies as much as possible in serving the needs of all students for the remainder of the school year.

“I am committed to serving as a resource to our students, staff, and families as we continue to navigate this crisis together,” she said. “I support Gov. DeSantis’ decision, it is the right thing to do as the safety of our students, staff, and families is the highest priority.,” she said.

Details of the district’s work can be found on Facebook, district website: www.franklincountyschools.org, and local media outlets.

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