Schools Ordered to Reopen. Here are Alternatives to Brick-and-Mortar Schools During COVID-19

Florida’s number of Coronavirus cases hit the highest positive rate of  over 10,000 cases for one day. Furthermore, the current low mortality rate would be encouraging news, only if it wasn’t for the increase in the use of ventilators. According to Bloomberg, Florida has an increase in ventilator use since early May.

The increase in people on ventilators indicates there may be an increase in Florida’s mortality rate within the next few days. One could only hope this will not be Florida’s fate.

Source: Florida Department of Health

In addition to Florida’s increase in covid-19 cases, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued a statewide order for all schools to reopen this fall, August 2020. The plan released Monday, provides guidelines for reopening requirements and says that “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students”, subject to advice and orders of Florida health officials.

Although Governor Ron DeSantis says the increase is mostly by young and healthy individuals, parents are concerned that it is too early to reopen schools. To add, there are many who believe Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran do not have the authority to order schools to reopen, as it is at the local county school boards that makes the final decision. Nonetheless, there are 2 alternatives to the brick-and-mortar school for parents to consider:

1) Virtual School
2) Homeschooling


Virtual School

“The Florida Legislature passed groundbreaking legislation in 1997 establishing Florida Virtual School (FLVS) as a grant-based pilot project, pioneering Florida’s first Internet-based, public high school. Today, as a fully accredited, statewide public school district, FLVS offers more than 190 online courses to Kindergarten-12 students, and certified teachers use a variety of personalized instructional programs to create individualized educational plans for every student. Since 1997, FLVS students have successfully completed more than 4.6 million semester enrollments. FLVS also provides its courseware and expertise to online and blended learning programs across the nation. As a not-for-profit, FLVS reinvests funds into the development of new educational technologies and the creation of the highest-quality courses, benefiting students in Florida and beyond.”

Get more information here (via Florida Department of Education)»

*Additional resources concerning virtual education:
Florida Department of Education

Sign-up with your local county here:

District Franchise Name/Website
Alachua Alachua eSchool
Baker MyDistrict Virtual School
Bay Bay Virtual School
Bradford MyDistrict Virtual School
Brevard Brevard Virtual School
Broward Broward Virtual School
Calhoun FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Charlotte Charlotte County Virtual School
Citrus Seminole County Virtual School
Clay Clay Virtual Academy
Collier Collier Virtual School
Columbia MyDistrict Virtual School
DeSoto MyDistrict Virtual School
Dixie MyDistrict Virtual School
Duval Duval Virtual Instruction Academy
Escambia Escambia Virtual Academy
FAMU DRS FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Flagler iFlagler Virtual School
Flagler MyDistrict Virtual School
Franklin FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
FSDB MyDistrict Virtual School
Gadsden FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Gilchrist MyDistrict Virtual School
Glades MyDistrict Virtual School
Gulf FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Hamilton MyDistrict Virtual School
Hardee MyDistrict Virtual School
Hendry MyDistrict Virtual School
Hernando Hernando eSchool
Highlands MyDistrict Virtual School
Hillsborough Hillsborough Virtual School
Holmes FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Indian River Indian River Virtual School
Jackson FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Jefferson FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Lafayette MyDistrict Virtual School
Lake Lake County Virtual School
Lee Lee County Virtual School
Leon Leon County Virtual School
Levy MyDistrict Virtual School
Liberty FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Madison FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Manatee Manatee Virtual School
Marion Marion Virtual School
Martin Mosaic Digital Academy
Miami-Dade Miami-Dade Virtual School
Monroe MyDistrict Virtual School
Nassau MyDistrict Virtual School
Okaloosa FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Okeechobee MyDistrict Virtual School
Orange Orange County Virtual School
Osceola Osceola Virtual Secondary School
Palm Beach ePalm Beach Virtual
Pasco Pasco eSchool
Pinellas Pinellas Virtual School
PK Yonge DRS MyDistrict Virtual School
Polk Polk County Virtual
Putnam MyDistrict Virtual School
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Online
Sarasota Sarasota Virtual Academy
Seminole Seminole County Virtual School
St. Johns St. Johns Virtual School
St. Lucie Mosaic Digital Academy
Sumter Sumter Virtual School
Suwannee MyDistrict Virtual School
Taylor FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Union MyDistrict Virtual School
Volusia Volusia Online Learning
Wakulla FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Walton Walton Virtual School
Walton FLVS Franchise @ PAEC
Washington FLVS Franchise @ PAEC

 


Homeschooling

“According to Florida homeschooling authorities, families who establish a home education program should:

  1. File a notice of intent with the local superintendent’s office.
  2. Choose the curriculum. (In Florida, homeschool curriculum choice is up to the parent.)
  3. Maintain a portfolio of educational records and preserve them for two years.
  4. Provide annual student evaluations to the superintendent.
  5. File letter of termination and annual evaluation upon completion of homeschool program.
  6. Start enjoying homeschooling together!”

Get more information here (via Time 4 Learning)»

*Additional resources concerning Homeschooling
Florida Department of Education

 

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