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Sarasota County Schools open doors after summer of preparation, safety changes

Posted at 6:37 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 17:22:09-04

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Students in Sarasota County return to school Monday, and there are several new safety change in place.

Students and staff are required to wear masks and every desk has a shield on it for extra protection.

Teachers have been training for the new learning options for weeks and will have cameras on while they’re teaching for students who opted for online learning.

Superintendent Brennan Asplen says they’ve worked all summer to deep clean all schools and they’re using a special solution, called Omni Spray. Asplen claims it kills the virus for up to 90 days.

Before students head to school every morning, officials say they need to complete a checklist.

School leaders say parents should do a daily temperature check for their child.

  • If taken by forehead or ear < 100.4
  • If taken orally < 100
  • If taken under armpit < 99

They also want them to check to see if their family has been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials want parents to look for these symptoms daily:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Severe headache
  • Sore throat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell

School leaders say they’ve been working to make sure everyone has access to meals this school year.

Remote learners can start ordering meals Monday through MySchoolBucks. You have to submit an order before 5 p.m. every Thursday for the following week.

You can pick up five breakfasts and five lunches at your assigned school every day.

Meals are free for students who qualify for free food, and everyone else can pay at pick up.