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Uncertainty Remains As K-12 Schools and Colleges Open For Class

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Many Florida K-12 schools and colleges have reopened for face to face instruction. What's ahead for a state that has struggled with its case numbers as students go back to school?

With public K-12 schools and universities starting a new school year, some students are heading back to campus. But a Monday ruling challenging the state's face to face instruction requirement could change that.

Florida's public K-12 schools and universities are starting a new school year and while some students will be learning online from home, others are heading back to campus.

With students back in the building, school administrators and staff are now tasked with keeping them safe and healthy.

Florida Matters host Bradley George spoke with WUSF education reporter Kerry Sheridan, University of South Florida public health professor Jay Wolfson and New College of Florida student Anna Lynn Winfrey. Winfrey is also editor in chief of New College's campus newspaper The Catalyst.

Sheridan and Wolfson talked about what's in store for school officials and how they are planning to keep cases minimum. Winfrey spoke to her experience as a student who has recently returned to campus.

There was a tumultuous lead-up to the school year for school districts. An order from the state made it obligatory that public K-12 schools offer face to face instruction this fall.

But on Monday afternoon, a Leon County judge ruled in favor of the Florida Education Association, which challenged the state's requirement. The state later filed an appeal.

Dinorah Prevost is the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show.
Bradley George comes to WUSF from Atlanta, where he was a reporter, host, and editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting. While in Atlanta, he reported for NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and The Takeaway. His work has been recognized by PRNDI, the Georgia Associated Press, and the Atlanta Press Club. Prior to his time in Georgia, Bradley worked at public radio stations in Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina.