BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie has confirmed that all staff members must return to their in-person work locations on Monday, Jan. 11.
In the video message released Tuesday, Runcie pointed out that Broward “schools are not a major source of spread of the virus.”READ MORE: SEE IT: SUV Drives Through Traffic Arms, Jumps Rising Florida Drawbridge
He went on to add that the district’s data “shows that remote learning is harming many of our children” both academically and socially.
As a result, the district is moving forward with its plan to have all staff return, including anyone who received a COVID-related accommodation to work from home last spring.READ MORE: Miami Man Wins $5 Million In Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Game
Runcie added that he plans to work with state lawmakers Wednesday to make teachers a higher priority to get vaccinated.MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: South Florida Set To Sizzle This Weekend
“Finally, I, along with our school board, are strongly advocating to get our teachers and staff added to the priority list for receiving the coronavirus vaccine,” he said. “I am meeting with our elected officials in the Florida Legislature tomorrow to discuss this objective. I have also worked with national organizations to provide communications to the incoming Biden administration requesting the same.”