Physical return to school ‘unlikely’ and ‘imprudent’ superintendent says

Safety and logistics have led Miami-Dade County Public Schools to conclude that there's no way to bring students back into classrooms this spring.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County’s public schools are planning to finish the school year remotely.

District officials tell Local 10 News that students will continue with online distance learning through the end of the semester.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho shared the decision on social media Wednesday afternoon, tweeting:

“This year’s last day of school for students is June 3rd. High school graduations begin on May 26th. Bottomline, there are between 26 and 33 days of schooling left this school year. A physical return to schools this year is not only unlikely but imprudent.”

In an interview later Wednesday, Carvalho expanded that, “From a safety and health standpoint — but also from a logistical perspective — it makes sense to end this school year with remote teaching and learning as we have been doing over the past four weeks.”

Distance learning has had its share of bumps in South Florida, but the virtual classes are necessary to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Broward County Public Schools are closed through at least May 1, as recommended by the Department of Education, and Superintendent Robert Runcie has said that his district is prepared to remain closed for the rest of the school year if necessary.

Palm Beach County announced Wednesday that its public schools will hold virtual graduation ceremonies that will be aired on television and streamed online.

About the Author:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.