Florida teachers sue to stop school openings as virus rages


He encouraged creative solutions and offered flexibility to school districts, teachers and families as everyone navigates the new - and ever-changing - normal.

"I just think they should be given as much options as possible", he said.

School officials In the Florida Keys need to know parents' plans as soon as possible so they can allocate sufficient space in physical classrooms and make needed staffing adjustments.

The lawsuit was filed against DeSantis, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

A restaurant worker closes up the News Cafe prior to the 8pm curfew, imposed due to Florida's climbing numbers of Covid-19 cases, in Miami Beach, Florida July 18, 2020.

"We don't know what the fallout is going to be when you start to cram hundreds of thousands of children in our schools", union president Fedrick Ingram said on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday. "We don't want to be reckless; we don't want to be irresponsible".

On July 6, Corcoran ordered schools to reopen for the academic year that begins in August, unleashing a tsunami of protests from parents, teachers and pediatricians.

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Some South Florida teachers are giving the order a failing grade.

Stefanie Miller, a teacher at Fox Trail Elementary School in Davie, said she spent 21 days on a ventilator battling COVID-19. "I, of course, want to go back to teaching, but it needs to be safe".

When it comes to the controversy over opening Florida schools in the Fall, a lawsuit has been filed by the Florida Education Association.

"These are unique circumstances".

Protestors yelled and banged on the windows outside the OneBlood headquarters in Orlando for over 10 minutes during a COVID-19 press conference by the governor on Monday, July 20, all the while Gov. Ron DeSantis ignored the commotion and continued to ask Floridians with COVID-19 antibodies donate plasma to help treat current patients.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said, "It is a false choice to either keep schools closed, stop learning or open them unsafely".