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Parents face childcare woes as Leon County Schools delays August start date

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:29:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Leon County School Board has officially delayed the start of school until August 19.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it's important for school administrators, and parents alike, to have the extra time to get the re-opening right.

Some parents say waiting the extra week to get kids back in school raises additional challenges.

"While they're in schools we have someone to temporarily watch them while we're at work and doing other things," said Ellison Nombre, a Leon County Schools parent. "So, the delay, I think, will kind of set that back. childcare. There's a lot of daycares that closed down, after school programs that closed down. So that caused a lot of issues. You have to find someone to watch your kids, especially for parents that are working, like police officers, gas station workers."

The school board is also pushing back the date for parents to decide whether they plan to send children back to class. Parents now have until July 13.