Many districts, including the Miami-Dade school system, have proposed offering several school options, including hybrid models that include online and personal learning. The regulation requires schools to offer full-time tuition “at least” five days a week for families who wish to do so.
The announcement comes on the same day that President Trump tweeted: “SCHOOLS MUST BE OPEN IN AUTUMN !!!” In a later tweet, he said that those who hesitated to reopen schools amid a global pandemic were politically motivated: “Corrupt Joe Biden and Democrats don̵
SCHOOLS MUST BE OPEN IN AUTUMN !!!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), July 6, 2020
His education secretary Betsy DeVos supported his testimony. “Absolutely correct, @POTUS! Learning must continue for all students. American education must be fully open and fully functional this fall! “She tweeted.
Fedrick Ingram, president of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, said its members also want schools to reopen as long as they have the resources and guidance to make them safe.
“At the end of the day, we want our schools to open,” said Ingram. “We want our schools to be opened first, with security in mind and with adequate funding for these security measures.”
However, given Governor Ron DeSantis’s response to the pandemic, he was concerned that heads of state were not “science-led”.
Teacher unions across the country are pushing school districts to allow teachers to opt out of personal classes. Many parents are excited to see their children go back to school, but some tell the districts that they are unwilling to let their children back on campus, especially in places where the virus is increasing.
The pandemic closed almost every school in the United States in March, and many schools have gone online with shaky curricula. Educators fear that vulnerable children – especially homeless, low-income households or children with special educational needs – may lag even further behind their peers because many people lack a stable home environment, internet access, or the technology necessary for success to learn online.
As the new school year approaches, schools are faced with innumerable challenges and burdens when formulating school start plans. Not only are they struggling with the threat of the virus, but also with drastic cuts in funding in many countries where revenue has declined. Many of the measures that public health officials recommend to reduce the transmission of the virus – staying six feet apart, washing hands frequently, wearing masks – seem logistically impossible in schools that were overcrowded before the pandemic started be.