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Most Kids Stay Home On Broward’s First Day Of In-Person School

Mike Stocker
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Students study during first day of face-to-face eLearning at Broward Estates Elementary School in Lauderhill on Friday, Oct. 9.

There was lots of room for social distancing at Broward County’s public schools on Friday, the first day of a gradual return to school buildings after seven months of closure due to COVID-19.

About one-fourth of students showed up for in-person classes, slightly more than the 20% expected by the school district. The district reported 12,500 students arrived in classrooms out of 51,000 students in special education and pre-kindergarten to second graders classes.

The other 75% of eligible students chose to continue learning from home, as they have done since Aug. 19, the beginning of the new school year. Some fear their children could contract coronavirus in a classroom, while others are content with online learning or disapprove of restrictive COVID-related distancing rules.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.