MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A lot more clarity Wednesday night about the reopening of public schools in Miami-Dade County.
The county school board voted unanimously to adopt a plan for reopening schools in the fall.
It’ll include options for parents to choose from traditional campus learning, distance learning or two hybrid options. Parents will be able to vote which is best for the child next week.
“We are presenting a plan with an assumption that in August we may still be at Phase 2,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Carvalho said masks must be worn by students with certain exceptions for students with medical needs.
With the recent trend in COVID-19 cases on the rise, schools may have to pivot back to online learning.
“Our plan also exercises the maximum care for the children, but also the employees, with decisions made regarding personal protective equipment, instillation of partitions where necessary or visors for teachers,” the superintendent said.
The plan is to keep students six feet apart, even though Carvalho said it might not be possible.
But the safety measures for the new year truly begin with new working conditions on school buses.
“Number one, the instillation of sanitization devices on school buses. Secondly, the installation, as we discussed a little while ago, of flexible partitions for the driver,” Carvalho said.
The responsibility of the teachers has been considered as well. According to Carvalho, each one will stick with one form of teaching – either online or in the class room.
“We don’t believe in overburdening the teachers. Therefore, teachers who will be assigned to teach students from a distance are never going to be the same teachers who are going to be assigned to teach students 100% in the school environment,” he said.
School begins August 24.