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Leon County School's reopening task force holds first meeting Wednesday

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 23:28:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One of the biggest topics this summer is if Florida schools will be back in class at 100 percent capacity come fall.

Governor Ron DeSantis says yes, while many are left questioning.

Leon County School board members held a virtual meeting via Facebook live on the issue.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna says by the middle of July they should know definitively how many students will be back at Leon County Schools in the fall.

He says they'll be receiving input from families about sending their children back to in-classroom learning or continuing distance-learning.

Leon County Schools says they are preparing for whatever the governor may or may not say about capacity and that nothing is set in stone.

“There’s a lot of logistical issues that come with half-in half-out, parents staying home, not staying home," said Hanna. "We have made no final decisions, if we had made final decisions, we wouldn’t need a task force, we wouldn’t need to go through this exercise. So, we are going to stay open minded. But be clear, the governor has given his approval and recommendations that schools across the state of Florida open at full capacity.

The first meeting of the district's reopening task force is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday and will be live-streamed on Facebook, according to Chris Petley, the district spokesman.

Funding was also discussed in the meeting.

Leon County Schools receives Title II funds for a professional development program.

It allows the use of $1.4 million in federal grants to support student achievement and learning.

The three areas of focus the money will go towards are supporting online instruction, common language of instructional practice and leadership training.

The grant enables teachers to receive training on how to better give digital instruction.