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State school districts urge low-performers attend brick and mortar

Posted at 7:02 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 19:02:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tuesday marked the deadline for school districts across Florida to submit documentation proving they've met requirements for continued state funding.

One of those requirements was encouraging parents of children struggling with digital learning to return to brick and mortar.

ABC 27 spoke with Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna, who said he wishes parents weren't forced into such a decision, but that the district's goal is to communicate with parents to find the best solution for their children.

To parents concerned about their children being held back, Hanna said, "Well, we're still navigating all of that. I think that we do need to have some type of assessment in the spring. The big question is, what will be the punitive damage from that assessment. We do need to find out where our kids are. But I don't think that we should hold them back, or I don't think that we should issue school grades based on any assessment given these conditions."

The deadline for parents to notify the district of their plans to change learning-methods is Friday, Dec. 18.

LCS plans to send additional communication to parents of low-performing students after the winter break. Those students will then have an additional window to transition to brick and mortar.