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Leon County Schools to implement COVID-19 education plan on March 30

Teachers will still get paid despite COVID-19 closures
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Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 15:56:57-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — In Leon County Schools' daily update Thursday, the district shared additional details on their plan to keep students learning despite school closures sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning on March 30 through April 10, LCS will roll out their plan to keep students learning even while they're at home. Essentially, the school will send out instructional packets that will guide students through a review of everything they've learned in their grade so far.

The district says they will create a place where parents can access those materials on their COVID-19 page. LCS will also make those same materials available in a hard-copy, paper format for those who need it.

Families will also be able to pick up those packets at the 14 food distribution sites Leon County will open next week.

As far as what happens after April 10, Hanna says the situation is fluid and that the district will continue to plan and heed any guidance from state or national officials.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna also assured teachers that they will continue to get paid despite school closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hanna says that he's committed to making sure seniors get graduated on time, with or without a traditional graduation ceremony. Right now, he's not sure if they'll be able to do a ceremony, though he stressed nothing has been formally canceled.

LCS is working with each individual high school to develop a plan for their seniors to ensure they meet the requirements necessary to receive their diploma. The district anticipates those plans will be implemented along with their distance education plan.

On March 27, teachers will post their final 3rd quarter grades and report cards will be distributed on April 1.

Watch the full press conference below: