Hillsborough School Board Votes to Delay Classes for Two Weeks

TAMPA -- The Hillsborough School Board has voted to delay the opening of schools for two weeks, based on a recommendation from Superintendent Addison Davis.

The board rejected a motion by Tamara Shamburger to make classes online-only for the first nine weeks.

Before voting, the board heard from people for and against reopening brick-and-mortar classrooms. Several teachers said they didn't feel safe, and one said she and some of her colleagues are thinking about going on leave or retiring. The board also heard from parents who say their children's learning is threatened by not being in a physical class.

The board is under a state requirement to approve a reopening plan by July 31st. Vice Chair Steve Cona III suggested that the board could approve Davis' plan to reopen then shift to online-only classes if medical experts selected by the school district recommend against going back to classrooms at another special meeting in two weeks. But Davis said that rearranging the plan on such short notice "can't be done." The board voted 5-2 to approve Davis' plan as is, but set a date in two weeks to get more medical advice and decide whether the plan need tweaking to put all classes online instead.

Photo Credit: Hillsborough County School District

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