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Leon County Schools working on e-learning plan, says graduation status unaffected by closures

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 17:34:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Leon County Schools superintendent Rocky Hanna addressed the unprecedented coronavirus situation, stressing that senior student's graduation status would not be affected by school closures.

Right now, students will be coming back to school on March 30, however, Hanna says that could change if the virus continues to spread.

LCS is working on an e-learning plan for students that won't have easy access to internet and a way for students to access school related content remotely. For students that don’t have access, they will also be handing out tangible materials, like pencils and paper work hand-outs.

FSA testing has been pushed back to April 15.

The school district is still deciding if the students will make up the days missed as well as teacher planning days.

The other big issue is monitoring domestic travel for students and teachers. Hanna says they will not be making any changes to field trips and travel plans.

Hanna said that if the virus impacts our area past the end of March, LCS may not have a graduation ceremony, but, addressing student's commitments to military, university and trade schools, said their graduation status would not be postponed.

Hanna also said he is "confident we will return to the normal schedule on March 30," in which case March 27 will serve as the district's planning day.

Hourly employees will be paid on-time at their regular hourly rate of pay, and teachers will be paid for next week, and those five days will be banked for summer.

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