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Leon County Schools announces block schedule for 2020-21 year, cancels all summer athletic practices

District will make final decision on fall sports
Leon County Schools
Posted at 3:06 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 16:28:47-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Schools made two announcements about the upcoming 2020-21 school year Monday afternoon.

According to the announcement shared on social media, students will now adhere to a block schedule. That means all middle and high school students will now take three classes per day alternating daily.

On odd days, they'll have periods 1, 3 and 5. On even days, they'll have periods 2, 4 and 6.

Each class will be one hour and 45 minutes long. Students will still go to school Monday through Friday and will still be released from school at their normal time.

LCS says the goal is to cut down on transitions during the day and decrease the total amount of students teachers come in contact with.

The changes were decided on after Superintendent Rocky Hanna had a virtual meeting with nearly 450 middle and high school teachers in the district to discuss possible changes for the fall semester.

"This meeting was followed by a phone poll asking teachers their opinion," the district wrote in the social media statement posted to Facebook. "An overwhelming 79.8% of secondary teachers chose to support a block schedule."

LCS has also canceled all athletic practices for the rest of the summer.

The district shared the news on Twitter, saying that they will make the final decision on fall sports in the weeks to come.

The district said that they've had students and coaches "across multiple sports" test positive for the coronavirus over the past few weeks and felt that canceling all remaining practices was in the best interest of everyone.