JULY 9, 2020 | 5:15 P.M. | TREASURE COAST–Despite the increase in COVID-19 infections, the state is forcing school districts to open next month. Martin and Saint Lucie school districts are offering parents options for their children to attend school.
Martin County School Board members voted unanimously on two options recommended by Superintendent Laurie Gaylord. Both depend on the spread of the virus.
The first option would mean that students would attend traditional school but with masks, temperature checks and screenings.
The second option would be remote learning. If parents want to opt-in to remote learning, they will have to fill out a form online starting July 10. Parents have until July 19 to make a decision.
St. Lucie County:
The St. Lucie County School Board voted on providing three options.
Option one would be attending school in the traditional manner, with safety protocols in place.
Option two would include virtual classes, where students will be given a regular schedule and attendance will be taken at the beginning of each period. After nine weeks, parents can opt to send their child back to the classroom.
Option three would be to transfer the student to Mosaic Digital Academy, the St. Lucie Public Schools’ full-time Florida Virtual School, which requires a one-year commitment from parents to virtual classes.
Parents have until July 15 to make their decision.