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DeSantis announces ‘roadmap’ to reopen schools in fall

Since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak classes were forced to be done virtually at home, now the governor of Florida says that a “roadmap” is in place to safely bring students back to Florida school campuses this fall.

On Thursday, governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference with Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran at the Viera Regional Community Center in Melbourne.

DeSantis said the decision to reopen schools in the fall will be left to individual districts.

“We believe those are locally driven decisions,” he said. “We believe what that looks like may look different in Brevard (County) than it does in Miami-Dade (County) than it does in Baker County, and so we want to empower not just the superintendents, but all the local stakeholders to be able to craft a solution that makes the most sense for that area.”

Corcoran said that studies show that kids were at extremely low-risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19 and said that even more harm is done when children don’t have that face-to-face learning experience. Corcoran said the plan is a safe opening plan.