The Tallahassee Democrat reports:
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran [photo] issued an emergency order Monday, requiring all schools to open in the fall and laying out the requirements districts must meet to offer any sort of non-traditional remote instruction in addition to their in-person option.
“All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students,” the announcement states.
Local health officials can override the commissioner’s directive if it is not safe to open schools, due to COVID-19, but Monday’s announcement makes it clear that districts have to prepare to open their doors to all students in August.
Corcoran is a DeSantis appointee. The order to open schools came hours after Trump’s tweet seen below.
SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis refuses to mandate masks.
He refuses to temporarily close beaches.
He announced today that public schools will open next month.
His office has been closed to the public for almost 4 months to protect him from COVID-19.
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 7, 2020