Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all of the state’s K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
The governor made the announcement during a press conference on April 18.
“We spoke with a lot of folks throughout the state. There were some differing opinions. Some parents were not interested in their kids going back. Some mothers [said] it’s been tough around the house, they would have liked to have seen them go back,” he said, “but I think, as we looked at the clock to see how well it would look like, we’ve got pretty good momentum for distance learning.”
Following spring break, some 162,000 students in Broward County were able to successfully log on to the learning platform Canvas, to resume classes.
“It’s not the ideal situation, but given where we are in the school year, we felt that was the best decision to go forward,” said DeSantis.
Broward Public County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie showed support for the announcement, saying that “I think it was a very good decision”.
Runcie said he understands it could be a hard time for some parents, but he is confident they will get through it.
“I just want parents to know that look we’re there to support you,” he said. “We will work together, we will get through this. We have to, because our children depend on us.”