MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Parents and guardians of children who attend public schools in Miami-Dade County are asked to complete a questionnaire this week that indicates their children’s fall enrollment plan.
Florida’s education commissioner on Monday ordered that public schools in the state reopen in August for five days a week, however, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said that would only apply to South Florida once we are in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.
Carvalho said the reopening plan is fair and will allow for different instructional models, including traditional and innovative options.
The well-being of students and employees remains our top priority. @MDCPS will ONLY proceed with in-person schooling option outlined in tentative #MDCPSReopening plan if @MiamiDadeCounty successfully transitions to Phase 2. Currently, the County is still in Phase 1. pic.twitter.com/fy9Tl6f6vo— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) July 6, 2020
He went on to say it aligns with the county’s reopening plan, which prioritizes parental choice and places strong consideration on local health conditions at the time of opening.
On the questionnaire for M-DCPS, parents will indicate whether they intend to have their child return to school in the fall for up to five days a week or whether they want their children to continue full-time online learning.
If they choose to send their children to school, school officials said parents must understand that their child’s school may be operating through a hybrid model, blending on-campus learning and distance learning.
“My School Online (MSO) is M-DCPS’ distance learning option for those students in grades K-12 who wish to take online classes full-time but still maintain their connection to their enrolled schools,” an email from the school district stated. “Its design is based on feedback received from parents on distance learning during the recent school closures. It incorporates many of the features that parents and students valued, such as a single online platform to access digital course content, and virtual real-time interaction with teachers each day for every class.”
Parents will have until July 15 to complete the questionnaire, which they can find on the Parent Portal or the Dadeschools Mobile app.
Parents may also visit reopening.dadeschools.net to fill out the form, and then email or print it out and return it to their children’s school.
Form pickup and drop-off at schools will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Forms will also be made available at the schools for pickup during those times.
“Parents of new students must complete the physical form and take it to the intended school of enrollment, in person,” the email stated.
For more information, visit reopening.dadeschools.net. To contact the M-DCPS Distance Learning helpline, call 305-995-HELP.