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Leon School Superintendent Rocky Hanna Asks DeSantis Not To Reopen Schools

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Ryan Dailey

Leon School Superintendent Rocky Hanna is asking Governor Ron DeSantis and state education commissioner Richard Corcoran to keep schools closed through the Summer. 

The school year ends in a month. In a recent interview with WFSU News, Hanna noted even if the state reopens schools, not all students will come back.

 “What would we have then? We’d have 50% of parents say ‘I can’t deal with my child in the house anymore’ and send them back to school. The other 50% would be scared because the curve in Leon County, they say, isn’t getting here until the first part of June," he said. 

In the letter, Hanna says reopening schools too early poses health risks to the 250 employees who are over 65. A model used by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital shows COVID-19 cases in the region won’t peak until June.

DeSantis and Corcoran have floated the idea of reopening schools even if only for a week, or on a case-by-case basis.  The state’s largest teachers union is also asking schools remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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