TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During an impassioned but short speech Wednesday, Gov. Ron laid out why he believes schools need to re-open but also said parents need to have a virtual learning option.
“No parents should be required to send their child to in-person instruction if they don’t want to,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis also said accommodations should be made for students and faculty at high risk.
He suggested those teachers and students be allowed to continue exclusively with online learning.
Angie Gallo with the Florida PTA said the options have been well received.
“We’re hearing from more parents that want to keep their kids at home versus send them to school at this point,” said Gallo.
But the idea of reopening schools for in-person learning isn’t sitting well with the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, which is actively suing to delay reopening brick-and-mortar classrooms.
The union refuted DeSantis’ claim that educators are “chomping at the bit” to get back in their classrooms. It released a survey that found three out of four educators don’t believe it is safe to reopen now.