St. Johns County School Board Asks District To Push Back School Start Date 2 Weeks

Jul 14, 2020

WJCT News partner News4Jax reports that St. Johns County School Board members on Tuesday asked the school district to explore pushing back the school start date to give the district more time to implement COVID-19 safety plans and allow parents to make decisions.

A majority of board members asked the district to push back the start date at least two weeks during a regular school board meeting. Right now, students are scheduled to return to schools on Aug. 10.

School board member Patrick Canan opened the meeting by asking the district to push back the start date and he was backed up by nearly every other board member.

“In March, there were hundreds of cases in the state of Florida and we closed the schools. Now there are thousands a day, I think the other day that was over 15,000 in one day,” Canan said. “I am requesting that we delay the start of school for at least two weeks, I would like to see it go to the day after Labor Day, but I know the recent mandates insisted that we open in August.”

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