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Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils plan to 'fully open' Florida's K-12 schools

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:32:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan to reopen Florida's K-12 schools in the fall.

On Thursday, Gov. DeSantis listed the state recommendations for a return to on-campus instruction in the upcoming school year. He said final plans for how schools can reopen will be decided at the local levels.

According to Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran, the plan will give health and instructional recommendations for reopening Florida's school. The plan to reopen K-12 schools is also set to align with Gov. DeSantis' "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step." plan to reopen the state.

"The message should be loud and clear. We are saying, with a strong recommendation to our great superintendents that we work with, we want schools fully opened in the fall because there is no better way to educate our kids than have that great teacher in front of that child," said Corcoran.

Corcoran also touted data showing 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.

Districts or schools are encouraged to coordinate with local health departments and medical experts, to establish their own, unique protocols for reopening schools.

Below are steps 1 through 3 on reopening campuses, as well as the state's plan to fully open K-12 schools in Florida.

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