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Leon County Schools' window to switch to in-person classes opens Sept. 29

Posted at 11:12 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 23:12:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In just a few weeks Leon County Schools teachers may be adding students to their brick and mortar classrooms.

The district is allowing parents who want their students to return to do so but it was met with opposition from some board members.

"It just doesn't make good sense to me if we are bragging about our numbers if we now then change the composition of our current classrooms," said Darryl Jones, a member of the school board.

Originally, a ten-day window was planned that will allow parents to enroll their children back into brick and mortar classrooms.

"All of our school administrators and people that were paying attention to these discussions were well aware that at the end of the nine weeks that window was open for a student who wanted to return," Leon County Schools superintendent Rocky Hanna said.

Board members had originally decided on students to opt back in at the end of the semester but that changed while putting together the reopening plan.

"But we need to give parents and students the message that just because they are coming back to school doesn't mean they're going to have that same schedule," said Rosanne Wood.

Teachers also shared with the board their issues with the hybrid model, calling it unsustainable and asked for more help as they navigate through a school year like none ever seen.

The window for parents to enroll their students in in-person classes starts next Tuesday, September 29, and closed on October 9.

The district also said the 16,500 expected Chromebooks are on their way after months of delay and are expected to be here and able to assign to students by the end of November.