Pinellas County School Board votes to delay first day of school to Aug. 24

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County School Board has unanimously voted to push the school year until Aug. 24.

The first day for teachers will be Aug. 13

Superintendent Grego recommended to change to start of the school year on July 21.

The delay would impact all three proposed learning options, including traditional learning in the classroom, MyPCS Online and Pinellas Virtual School.

The last day of the 2020-2021 will be Wednesday, June 9. Thanksgiving, spring and winter breaks will remain the same. 

Concerned teacher Dr. Christy Foust does not think two weeks will be enough.

“From our perspective, two weeks is not going to change the COVID situation. So, push it back two weeks, but they’re probably going to have to make that decision the next time they meet,” Foust said.

Travis Lueth is one of many teachers who protested Tuesday and is concerned for his daughter and pregnant wife’s health.

“The idea of us having to return to the classroom with the level of community spread at the level it’s at right now seems irresponsible, Lueth said. And, going back into the schools will only cause community spread to explode in this county and in this state.”

Numerous school districts in the Tampa Bay area have announced their plans to push back the start date of the 2020-21 school year, as well as issuing plans for students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings.

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