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Overcrowded classrooms making social distancing difficult



Miami, Florida – Start of the school year in South Florida is causing big concern for social distancing. Some classes may be more crowded than usual.

Some teachers reported getting class rosters over the weekend with more than 50 students on them.

Every year school districts are still calculating the number of students in classrooms, but now, for the first time, they also have to consider social distancing.

“That is a challenge,” said Dr. Steve Gallon with the Miami-Dade School Board. “I’ve heard some feedback from teachers about class rosters they received.”

Teachers in both Broward and Miami-Dade expressed concern Monday over the ability to social distance in crowded classrooms, another reason both are thankful for mandatory mask policies.

“That’s the biggest concern is not being able to manage to three feet, let alone six feet,” said Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco.

According to Miami-Dade Schools protocols, schools must arrange desks to promote distancing, which may be tough until class numbers even out.

“They can average it out among several grade levels to be able to fill one with more, than one with less,” said Fusco. “It’s an unfortunate loophole.”

“I believe all teachers and parents will take precautions with their kids,” said parent Deseria Nealy.

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