The Florida Department of Education ordered public and charter schools across the Sunshine State to have their campuses opened in the fall.
On Monday, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an executive order opening schools in August and having them open at least five days a week. Schools across Florida have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic since March.
“Education is critical to the success of the state and to an individual, and extended school closures can impede the educational success of students, impact families’ well-being and limit many parents and guardians from returning to work,” Corcoran insisted in the order.
Corcoran left the option available for parents who prefer “innovative learning environments,” including online education, to continue to use them.
The department also released a presentation offering some of the details on how schools can reopen.
“Districts and schools that wish to consider innovative alternatives to supporting their students’ and families’ unique needs – during this temporary state of emergency – will need to submit a plan,” the department noted. “Districts and schools that wish to open as usual do not need to submit a plan.”
Also on Monday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, calling for schools to be open in the fall.