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Many agree with decision to continue distance learning

Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:05:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — On Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis announce that students will finish out the school year at home. Many people took to social media to express that they were either for or against the decision to continue distance learning.

Gerri Blackman is one person who agrees with the governor's recommendation that Florida K-12 schools continue to distance learning. "Just for a couple of weeks to send her back is not worth taking a chance on her life or our lives," said Blackman.

Blackman's granddaughter is a type-1 diabetic and needs to stay home. "If I sent her back, I'm worried about her getting it, her being a carrier, infecting me, my household, her aunts, friends," said Blackman.

Kristin Gibson teaches at Florida State University but has taught middle school in the past. She said she understands homeschooling is hard for many parents right now, but believes it's the safest option.

"Something like going to school is required," explained Gibson. "Them going to visit a concert or beach is not. So, because it is required, I don't think that forcing the students to be in the classroom is the safest option."

Other parents also agree that homeschooling through the rest of the school year is the safest option. Some, however, are concerned about the amount of work. Stephen DeFranco Schuman wrote on Facebook, "Is anyone just not pushing their kids for online school? We get some done but it seems like more work than I do for college."

Facebook comment on decision to continue distance learning.

While Governor DeSantis explained in his press conference that distance learning is not the ideal situation, it was the best decision moving forward.