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Leon County Schools considers virtual volunteering opportunities in reopening plan

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 18:30:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Schools Re-open Task Force has been working to determine how best to facilitate bringing kids back on campus all week.

Wednesday's meeting focused on volunteer and mentoring programs, both ways to make sure your child has interaction and guidance from an adult throughout the school day.

Last year, volunteers put in 130,000 hours at local schools.

Now, the district's re-opening task force is considering suspending volunteer visits for the first semester in an effort to minimize the risk to students and staff.

"Across the state of Florida, and really the nation, the new passwords are virtual volunteer opportunities," said Kelli Walker, the district volunteer coordinator. "Start examining some of those opportunities, especially if we would not be able to place volunteers in our schools second semester."

We spoke with one parent who says the more virtual opportunities, the better.

"I think the virtual is the best way to go," said Amy Webb, a Leon County Schools parent. "I know it's not a one size fits all and I know that there are parents that are going to have to send their kids back to school, but the class sizes have to be smaller and they have to have the social distancing."

Webb said there are some specific things she'd like to see from the task force when they release their final plans.

"I think that what we are lacking as a school district is nurses within our schools," said Webb. "Most of our schools don't have dedicated clinic staff. I think it's most important. I think temperature checks should really be done before the kids get on the bus, because you're gonna have a child that may not get caught as they walk in the door with a fever but now they've infected their entire bus."

The task force will meet Thursday for final considerations before presenting a plan to the school board next Tuesday.