WATCH: Manatee Co. Schools show what its new semester may look like

Updated: Jul. 23, 2020 at 9:20 AM EDT
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - As parents across the Suncoast weigh the decision of whether or not to send their students back full time or try to balance digital learning, Manatee County Schools have released a video showing parents what a school year might look like during the pandemic.

The video showed teachers and students socially distanced with face coverings. School officials will provide masks to students, the video explains.

The Manatee County School System is offering three options including a hybrid plan, an on-campus learning plan and a full-time eLearning plan.

Parents who want their students in those grades to enroll in the hybrid plan when school starts, do not need to call your school to register. The hybrid plan is the automatic option.

Virtual learning and the hybrid option aren’t available for PRE-K students.

Parents who want their children to enroll in the five-day, full-time, on-campus learning plan do need to make sure to call your school to register. They will also need to register students for the full-time eLearning plan. Those registrations must be made no later than Thursday, July 23rd.

If school begins and the option parents chose isn't working for the student then they do have the opportunity to potentially switch.

"Parents can make that change on a quarterly basis, you know so.. But that is not to say that you know I don't want to say that if someone wanted to switch from on campus learning to e-learning you know that they wouldn't be able to do so, you know it's a pretty short order ," said public information officer for the Manatee County School District

Barber says if they want to transition to another option while the year is underway it will need to be considered by the school.

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