June 13, 2020
As we learn that the cases of COVID 19 have spiked in our state, more people are urging caution in reopening schools in August. FEA conducted a poll just a few weeks ago while the coronavirus spread appeared to be on the decline. (See the results below.) Even during the decline, parents overwhelmingly said they wanted schools to proceed with caution. They also indicated they put their trust in their teachers and their local school leaders in making decisions about how to safely reopen schools.
From The Orlando Sentinel: "Florida reported 2,581 new coronavirus cases and 48 deaths Saturday, marking the biggest increase yet in daily reported infections by the state health department. The death toll is now 2,925, including six fatalities reported in Central Florida. There are 73,552 confirmed cases reported statewide. It’s the first time since the outbreak began that more than 2,000 cases have been reported in one day."
According to Florida’s dashboard database, only 13 days into June there are more than 11,000 new Covid-19 cases. That number is nearly half of what we saw the entire month of May.
The state finally released the number of pediatric cases in Florida since March. There have been 3,407 confirmed cases, with ten confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome.(Read more.)
Do you think schools should reopen for summer remedial classes in July and reopen for all students in August under these circumstances? CTA wants to hear from you. Please send your suggestions and thoughts to
with the subject line, “reopening schools.” Please also take the time to email the school board members and the superintendent.