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FSUS middle, high school students to shift to distance learning

School cites lack of 'coverage for classrooms'
Michigan school district to examine pushing back start times for high school students
Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 10:37:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Due to a lack of teachers to cover classrooms, Florida State University Schools is moving all middle and high school students to distance learning until Oct. 13.

School officials shared the message with parents on Monday.

"Despite hiring 15 additional Teaching Assistants and extra substitute teachers to assist us, we simply do not have adequate coverage for classrooms at this time," the message read.

Right now, officials say the school's COVID-19 cases have been holding steady at two. However, they say even just one case can cause problems.

"As we enter this week, we have been challenged with adequate coverage for our classrooms," school officials wrote. "The impact of quarantining while supporting our Distance Learning teachers, managing regular absences and managing regular non-COVID illness absences is great."

That's why they've made the decision to move all secondary classes (grades 6-12) to distance learning effective Wednesday, September 23. Those students will be allowed to return on Oct. 13.

Elementary school students will remain on campus.

Officials say teachers will work to prepare students with all learning materials going home with them on Tuesday so that they are ready to learn. "Pick-up days” will also be scheduled for those students who are already quarantined.

All FSUS clubs and activities will continue as scheduled with the exception of Homecoming, which will be rescheduled. All sports schedules will also continue as scheduled.