Teachers Set to Return to Classrooms Monday as Health Accommodations Expire

448 Shares

teachers

By: Jen Russon

Following the January 8 expiration of health accommodations, which allowed them to teach remotely since the Fall, teachers are returning to the classroom on Monday; however, 600 will be allowed to remain at home.

Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters they are working to extend health accommodations for 600 instructional staff, an ongoing process for the last few weeks.

“We can’t grant remote work to everyone who wants it. That’s just not going to happen. It’s easier to grant remote work at the elementary school level,” he said.

Runcie added that Broward County Public Schools have always made decisions based on science and data. Given the low secondary transmission rate of COVID-19 in schools, they feel it’s safe to welcome teachers back.

humana Browad Marketpoint

Hook Reel

Of the 1,300 cases of Coronavirus in the county, Runcie said contract tracing attributed just ten percent of those to cases picked up in schools. He added 69 percent of those 130 cases were related to participation in athletic programs.

Runcie cited different percentages throughout his 11-minute press conference, telling reporters 27 percent of Broward County’s students are currently back in classrooms, but his best-case scenario for increasing that figure, between now and the end of the school year, rests at about 40 percent. 

The Superintendent was adamant about ending what he called ‘warehousing students’ in cafeterias and gymnasiums as the pandemic continues. He also said he is pushing at the federal level to expedite vaccinations for teachers.

Crediting recent and ongoing changes to the county’s instructional model, Runcie said the best place for a child struggling academically, is back in school.

The Superintendent had no comment on pending lawsuits brought by teachers who say they won’t return on Monday.

Send Your News to Coral Springs #1 News Site Here.

Author Profile

Jen Russon

Jen Russon
Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.

448 Shares
Expressive Design Agency
Advocate Claims
448 Shares 885 views
448 Shares
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap