The Osceola County School Board will hold a special meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to discuss – and according to the agenda, approve – the school district’s proposed Back-to-School Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year.

The School Board had planned to hold the meeting in person while socially distanced, but with the increase in COVID-19 cases, the meeting will be held virtually. It can be accessed here. 

On June 12, State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued a “loud and clear” message.

“We are saying, we have a strong recommendation to our superintendents, we want schools fully open in the fall,” he said. “There’s no better way to educate then having that educator in front of them.

Asked then about that call to action, school Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace said that she and her staff were largely on board.

“We’re pleased with the practical approach our state leaders are taking to opening,” she said. “We’ve had some good drafts with our own Back to School Task Force to work toward the most effective way to open.”

The state has issued a comprehensive guide to reopening schools and how to use monetary resources to do so.