The state’s top school board is considering closing all grades three through eight, but is keeping grades nine through 12 open, a move that could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of students across the state.
The state’s Board of Education is considering taking drastic measures to protect the health of students in Florida’s most populous district, which includes both schools for children with special needs and for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, a decision that could impact hundreds of millions of people in the state, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education said on Wednesday.
The Department of Children and Families (DCSF) is considering shutting the district’s schools to help prevent an outbreak of coronavirus, the spokeswoman said.
The district has a population of around 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the country after New York City.
It is located in the county of Orlando and includes approximately 1.8 million students.
Schools are scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Nov. 2.
The county school system has about 1.3 percent of the state’s students with special education needs, according to a report by the state Department of State Health Services.
The state says that’s still about 1 in 100 students.
The Florida Department is also considering closing a school for special education students for the holidays, the spokesperson said.
It’s unclear what impact the closure will have on students, but the county’s schools were already closed last week due to the outbreak.
Schools are also currently closed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according a DCSF news release.
The department has notified all students who attended the school and have not been able to return home, to come home with their families, the DCSf said.
“It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s not a decision we can afford to make,” said DCSFC spokeswoman Lauren Smith.
The decision will have a ripple effect throughout the state and across the nation, with thousands of schools and campuses closed across the country in the last month.
Amber Riedl, a student at the Miami Beach School District, told The Associated Press that students have been waiting a long time for a decision about which school to attend for the school holiday.
“There are kids that are going to be really disappointed,” Rieds said.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do.
I mean, we have to wait and see.”
Rieds, who attends the Miami-Dade School District and is deaf, said she is trying to help others in her area.
She said it will be harder for her friends who can’t attend school this holiday to visit her because there will be no transportation for them to visit the other schools that will be open, she said.
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