Yesterday, July 15, Alachua County Public Schools had a special meeting with the school board to discuss a late start date for the 2020/2021 school year and mandatory mask policy at schools. Both discussion items were approved.
The late start date for ACPS students will now be on August 24. “That two-week delay will allow for more preparation and planning before school begins,” according to an ACPS press release. “The Board’s vote included additional training days for teachers and staff.”
Also, another approved meeting item was the mandatory mask policy. Students and staff will be required to wear masks at school and on school buses. Limited exceptions will be made for medical issues.
Currently, the state ordered all public schools in Florida to reopen in August for five days a week, and parents are being asked to choose between three education options for their child. More information about these options can be found here or on the sbac.edu webpage.