Clay County School District releases tentative safety plan for reopening schools

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — The Clay County School District released safety guidelines it plans to follow to keep students and their families safe in August when schools reopen.

In the new school year, parents can choose to have their children attend virtual school or brick-and-mortar campuses.

Discovery Oaks Elementary parent Dawn Bonner said she does not want her kids going back into the classroom.

“I am absolutely not comfortable with it, and I would make the decision to keep them home if they did decide to send the kids back to school, which I don’t believe that they will,” Bonner said.

Thursday night, Interim Superintendent David Broskie presented his proposal, outlining three scenarios: Schools open with a focus on distancing and cleaning, a hybrid schedule where only some students will attend on certain days of the week, and distance learning through Clay Virtual Academy.

Surveys will be sent to parents and teachers about which they prefer.

The tentative safety plans for brick-and-mortar schooling include assigning seats on buses, limiting access to visitors on campus, and varying arrival and dismissal times for different grade levels to cut down on the amount of students in the halls at once.

CCSD also plans to implement social distancing when “possible and feasible” throughout the school day by serving meals in smaller groups, spacing desks further apart, and staggering lunches, recesses, and other transition times.

Read CCSD’s full “Smart Restart” plan here.

CCSD’s plan is not yet finalized, and the school board is planning a workshop for mid-July.