State approves Indian River County School District's spring education plan

79% of students attending in-person learning, district says
Posted at 1:55 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:55:16-05

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Department of Education has approved the Indian River School District's plan for the spring semester.

The biggest change will involve students learning via the virtual remote learning option.

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The district report states that if a student in that model falls behind and the parents choose not to return to brick and mortar, they will be switched to the transitional distance learning model and follow a bell schedule.

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The district said 79 percent of students are attending brick and mortar schools as of Dec. 8.

The Department of Education announced last month a new executive order related to students struggling with virtual learning.

The order says parents must be notified if a student is struggling with virtual learning but still provides the parent the option to do virtual learning if they want. The student must return to in-person instruction unless the parent affirmatively opts out and says they want to remain virtual.