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.
The 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.
The majority of parents who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting supported the idea of delaying the start of school but others urged the district to let students return to campus.
Forson said as of Tuesday morning, there have been 4,800 requests for school-based virtual learning so far.
“So that’s almost 12% of our student population, and a lot haven’t responded yet and won’t respond until Friday, so we know 4,800 is probably three schools or if you wanted to pull him out independently. That’s a lot,” Forson said.
St. Johns County parents have until Friday to decide on school options including school-based brick and mortar learning, school-based distance learning, St. Johns Virtual School or home education.