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Leon County School District's Reopen Task Force Begins Meeting About Fall Classes

Members are seen via video from each location on the Zoom platform
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Leon County's task force to reopen schools meets via Zoom in meetings streamed on the district's website and Facebook.

Plans are underway to get students back into Leon County’s public school classrooms on August 10th.

The district’s Reopen Task Force met for the first time Wednesday. Superintendent Rocky Hanna opened the meeting.

“We will give parents choices to say -- are you comfortable coming back, we welcome you with open arms, these are the precautions we’re going to be able to take; or would you rather enroll in a school-based digital academy and receive instruction at home?”

The 21-member task force will continue meeting via Zoom. Their final plans will be presented to the Leon County School Board at a special workshop on June 30th.

Hanna says parents will have the first week of July to look over the plans, and surveys will go out to each family on July 6th.

“Then on July 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, we are going to ask our parents to make a choice. We are all about school choice,” Hanna said. “Parents need to ultimately control what’s in the best interest of their child.”

The district will ask parents to submit their family’s plan by July 10th. They’ll choose whether their kids will return to the classroom full-time or continue with virtual learning on a semester basis.

Hanna says most of the parents he’s heard from want their kids back in the classroom.

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