School reopens in NWFL as many attend classes remotely

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — School starts today in two counties in Northwest Florida. Students return to class in-person and virtually in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. This is going to be a school year unlike any other. According to a district spokesperson, less than half of all students in Escambia County have chosen to attend class in person this year.

Normally we’d see a rush of kids heading into schools today. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says about half of all students will attend class in person. Less than 10% of students will attend a virtual school. More than 40% will attend class through remote learning. That’s where a student is attending all the classes they would if they were there in person and the school day would run as close to a normal day as possible. The large influx of students signing up for remote learning is a reason the school district delayed opening by a week. That was to get more teachers trained in the remote learning system.

If your student attends school in person masks will be encouraged and in some cases required. According to a school district FAQ: “Face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.” They say it’s particularly important to wear masks in common spaces like buses and hallways.


Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

State Cases State Deaths

Latest Videos

More Video

More Local News

3-Day Forecast

Trending Stories