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Superintendents consider reopening schools sooner in Broward, Miami-Dade

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Public school superintendents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties said on Tuesday that they are both considering reopening school buildings sooner than previously thought.

The timing of the decisions, they said, will reflect a reduction trend in coronavirus testing positivity rates in each district.

According to data from the Florida Department of Health, both South Florida counties have reported fewer people are getting positive results after getting tested. Miami-Dade is on its 7th day of reporting a testing positivity rate below 10%. Broward has had two weeks of rates being below 10%.

“We are very confident we are going to be able to move that deadline up sometime to the middle of September at the latest,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told the Miami-Herald during a forum.

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Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie made his announcement during a virtual school board meeting. He said the timing will require a positivity rate of 3% to 5% for 14 consecutive days.

“If the current trends continue on the past of improvement, we could open sometime this fall,” Runcie said. “Again, I can’t guarantee or commit to any specific date as the path of the virus will drive the decisions we have to make.”

Broward students started online classes Aug. 19 and Miami-Dade students will start online classes on Aug. 31.

A look at the data

DAY-TO-DAY POSITIVITY RATE

Monday (Aug. 24): Florida is 5.15%. Miami-Dade is 9.35%. Broward is 5.66%

Sunday (Aug. 23): Florida is 5.20%. Miami-Dade is 9.13%. Broward is 4.27%.

Saturday (Aug. 22): Florida’s is 5.52%. Miami-Dade’s is 8.55%. Broward’s is 4.38%.

Friday (Aug. 21): Florida’s is 4.89%. Miami-Dade’s is 6.78%. Broward’s is 4.89%.

Carvalho discusses reopening

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho discusses utilizing virtual learning in the new school year while on This Week in South Florida.
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho discusses utilizing virtual learning in the new school year while on This Week in South Florida.

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Local 10 News Executive Producer Natalie Morera contributed to this report.


About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.