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All Florida's K-12 schools will be closed until April 15

Posted at 6:09 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 21:24:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended school closures until April 15 as the state works to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020. Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to implement distance learning.

The Florida Department of Education told ABC 27 in a statement that they will evaluate that recommendation every two weeks.

Governor DeSantis recommended that K-12 schools will stay on extended break until April 15 and every 2 weeks we’ll reevaluate that recommendation. All schools are encouraged to use virtual and non-classroom based options to the greatest extent possible. Schools are also strongly encouraged to have no more than 10 people in a room together to adhere to CDC recommendations.

FDOE says K-12 school districts, colleges and universities should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020.

Online learning for the rest of the school year is still being evaluated. The state has not made a final decision whether to reopen the schools or not, in person or online.

The governor said K-12 grades will not be calculated for the 2019-2020 school year. He also said kids will automatically be promoted to the next grade, but parents can choose if they want their kids to repeat the school year or not.

DeSantis also confirmed that Florida's confirmed COVID-19 cases have climbed to 216.