Corcoran says distance learning will continue in Florida

Spring semester plan to be official in coming order before Thanksgiving

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November 19, 2020 - 6:07 am
Abigail Previlon, 13, takes part in remote distance learning with her teacher Diane Gamse

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TALLAHASSEE – Members of the Florida Board of Education met in Tallahassee Wednesday to discuss suggestions made by school district superintendents to keep their students safe in the coming year amid the ongoing pandemic.

Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Wednesday that students will be allowed to attend classes online through the spring.

School districts have been waiting on guidance from the Department of Education whether they will be able to continue virtual learning. Corcoran said he expects a new emergency order to be issued before Thanksgiving.

“The virtual, the creative district-learning mode which were all clearly in the first order, will be a part of the emergency order in the second because that is full parental choice," Corcoran said.

DOE plans to continue all three learning options for parents: Florida Virtual School, face-to-face learning and each district’s distance learning method.

“If you have a child that is in one of those choice options and we know that it is not working for them, then these are some of the suggestions -- we have to do one or two things: move them to a different modality, a different choice so we are not shortchanging that child and all the repercussions that come with it, or we need to have massive interventions and we need to know what those interventions are if they are going to stay in that modality -- what are the interventions? We want to see them and know them," he said.

Corcoran said DOE has been working with local school leaders, and the new order will be a “collaborative effort” that will be a “significant improvement based on our first 90, 100 days in school.”

The current emergency order expires in December.

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