FSUS makes cautious move to digital-only after 2 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 17:31:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Reports from the White House Coronavrius Task Force declare Tallahassee and Leon County as red zones.

Other red zone counties in our area include Hamilton, Taylor, and Franklin.

"You know responding to COVID as a leader, it's an every day, every hour situation," said Dr. Stacy Chambers, the Superintendent of Florida State University Schools.

Teachers and administrators at Florida State University Schools are spending their school day preparing for big changes on Wednesday.

Starting Wednesday, sixth through 12th graders at Florida State University schools will transition back to all digital classes as they step into contingency plans in place for COVID-19.

The decision comes after only two confirmed cases in their schools created scheduling conflicts.

Superintendent Dr. Stacey Chambers says their safety measures are working, and that they've made necessary changes out of an abundance of caution.

"Our situation today is about adult coverage for classrooms right now, and that's just part of how we've been impacted," Chambers said. "We've been really fortunate to work with the department of education and being very surgical about how we changed our schedules for our students."

As of Tuesday afternoon, sixth through 12th-grade students will remain on digital learning through October 13, and clubs and sports will continue as planned.

While the coronavirus didn't cancel sports for Florida State University Schools, Leon High will sit the next two football games out after the Leon County Health Department identified 11 players there requiring quarantine.

"From what I understand, it was over the weekend," said Rocky Hanna, the superintendent of Leon County Schools. "A player started experiencing symptoms and then went to practice and now has tested positive, and that quarantine protocol is the thing that's really going to kill us trying to get student-athletes back going again."

Asymptomatic students are required to quarantine based on their exposure.

In addition to the 11 athletes, at least nine other students who came into contact with the student in three classes outside of athletics were notified and quarantined.

Students at Leon High had hoped to use the first game for Senior Night, but neither of the games will be replayed.

"As of right now, Leon High's Homecoming will go on as planned," said Rocky Hanna, the superintendent of Leon County Schools.

Homecoming at FSUS will be rescheduled.

The FSUS district is extending the date for parents to opt for digital-only learning through October 1.

Additionally, Chambers says if they are able to obtain classroom coverage prior to Oct. 13, they'll reopen as soon as possible.