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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 1 week ago

Volusia County Schools will offer Volusia Live for second semester, if state allows it

The second semester of classes will begin on Jan. 26, 2021.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Updated 10:39 a.m. Nov. 19

Volusia County Schools is prepared to continue offering Volusia Live as a virtual learning options for families for the second semester, the district announced in a press release.

The announcement comes after Education Commissioner Richard said at a Florida Board of Education meeting on Wednesday that a new emergency order allowing virtual learning to continue into the second semester is coming soon. The second semester begins on Jan. 26, 2021. 

Volusia County Schools is also hopeful funding levels will remain at the current level to support the virtual learning option, the press release states. Families will also have the option of attending classes at brick-and-mortar schools, as well as Volusia Online Learning. The district states 75% of its students are in traditional classrooms, while 15% are in Volusia Live and 10% have opted for Volusia Online. 

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran indicated this week that he would support a remote option throughout the school year. The following four paragraphs show how it was reported by The News Service of Florida's Dara Kam:

Florida students will be able to continue to learn remotely through the second half of the school year as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Nov. 18.

“From the top down in this state, that will absolutely happen. There is no flexibility for anything but that,” Corcoran told the State Board of Education.

The reopening of brick-and-mortar classrooms, which were shuttered during the early stages of the pandemic this spring, became a political flashpoint after Corcoran ordered school districts to offer in-person instruction five days a week or be penalized financially.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Corcoran have maintained that families need to have the option of choosing face-to-face instruction or distance learning for children, arguing that keeping students away from school can have damaging impacts on students’ physical safety, mental health and educational progress.

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