Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent recommends Sept. 30 return date for Pre-K through First grade – WPLG Local 10

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent recommends Sept. 30 return date for Pre-K through First grade – WPLG Local 10

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The students’ return to physical classrooms in Miami-Dade County looks like it will be staggered.

The recommendation from Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho discussed Monday with the school board calls for the following return dates:

Sept. 30

Pre-Kindergarten through 1st Grade

Oct. 5

Elementary School Grades 2-5

Middle School Grade 6

High School Grades 9-10

Oct. 7

Middle school Grades 7-8

High School Grades 11-12

“The intent this progressive staggered approach is to allow school sites to test their health and social distancing protocols and make necessary adjustments,” Carvalho said.

Those dates are not final unless approved by the school board.

At the beginning of Monday’s meeting, the secretary announced that more than 700 speakers signed up to voice their thoughts, equaling a whopping 18 1/2 hours. A total of 662 of those speakers are parents of Miami-Dade students.

That means the meeting will likely last late into the night.

While the details are still being hashed out, here’s what you can likely expect on Day One: Everyone has to wear masks, including on the bus. Only one student will be allowed per seat.

Each school will have an isolation room, complete with a dedicated nurse.

When it comes to social distancing, students will at least have to stay three feet apart.

Lunches will be pre-packaged.

And expect increased cleaning procedures.

One school board member showed concern over not having enough staff to do all of this. “Since 360 instructional personnel have resigned
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