In his first public appearance in nearly a month, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced schools will offer e-learning for the second half of the school year, but must remain open with an in-person option.
"It continues the requirement that districts off in-person learning," he said Monday, adding that funding will be provided to all school districts to offer the e-learning option. "Parents must be notified if a student is struggling with the virtual learning." If so, students must return to in-person learning unless the parent opts out, he added. "The data and evidence is overwhelmingly clear," he said. "The virtual learning is just not the same. The medium is just not the same as being in the classroom." He said closing schools during the pandemic was "probably the biggest public health blunder in modern American history." Almost two weeks ago, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced Florida students will be able to continue learning remotely through the end of the school year. “From the top down in this state, that will absolutely happen. There is no flexibility for anything but that,” he said at the time.
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