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Parents prepare for first day of school

Three Big Bend counties set to reopen Monday
Posted at 11:48 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 23:49:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's been nearly 6 months outside the classroom, and things have changed quite a bit due to the pandemic.

"I am now mom school teacher," Brandy Berry said.

Dinner tables are now classrooms for more than 15-thousand students in Leon County alone.

"The teacher will spend about 30 to 45 minutes per zoom meeting discussing what they're about to do and then the parent steps in for the younger kids and says so here's your assignment," said Berry.

School doors will open again for three Big Bend counties with a new addition to the dresscode.

"They need to bring their masks and their handsanitizer," said Danielle Williams.

Williams is a parent in Jefferson County she says that was on the list of supplies her kids would need if she sent them back to school.

She opted to keep her students home and says they have been checking connectivity.

"This whole week has been crazy with internet and the virtual platform canvas and zoom and I'm praying our kids don't struggle," Williams said.

Kids going back in classrooms in all county's will be required to wear masks as well as their teachers.

If they don't have one...it will be provided.

Transitions to and from classes have been reduced to limit contact... there will also be social distancing on buses.

Despite keeping their kids home parents say they are wishing everyone a safe school year.

"I hope those that are going back to school are safe," said Williams.