The Osceola County School Board is spending much of its time right now on its plan for the 2020-21 school year. It’s scheduled to start Aug. 10, but nobody’s real sure what that will look like — students in classrooms, students doing remote work, a blend of the two, and what will buses and cafeterias look like, and on down the list.
The School Board will hold a special meeting on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. Superintendent Debra Pace said the agenda will mostly be dedicated to the district’s re-opening plan. At Tuesday’s School Board meeting she said she’ll be meeting with county health department officials and experts from Nemours Children’s Hospital to help formulate the plan, which has to start coming together soon.
“It’s an aggressive schedule, we have two weeks to make a plan to use the federal CARES money we’re receiving,” Pace said Tuesday.
Last Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran gave a strong recommendation to our superintendents, we want schools fully open in the fall, there’s no better way to educate then having that educator in front of them.”
Asked about that call to action, Pace said Thursday 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.”