A number of Florida Parents are outraged after the School District of Manatee County released a video of what reopened classrooms will look like. The parents blasted the video saying it looks “apocalyptic.”
Last week, the school district, located on the state’s west coast, posted the two minute long clip on social media. The video, titled “Reopening Plan 2020-2021,” shows the protective measures the county is instituting this school year. Those measures include teachers wearing protective lab coats and face shields in addition to students walking down the hallways spaced six feet apart.
Another poignant clip shows young students sitting alone at the lunch tables.
After posting the video, hundreds of Florida parents took to the comments section to weigh in. “That looks like a prison for kids!” one user writes. “Glad they plan on opening for the mental health and wellbeing of the young minds but this is completely ridiculous. If they are going to wear masks than the separation and jailhouse rules should be nullified.”
Another user pointed out that incoming kindergarten students will experience school for the first time under these conditions. “New kindergarten students who already have such anxiety about a new school and classroom will feel so comfortable and safe when walking in to this environment…NOT! Children of this age need hands on learning experiences and social interaction with others,” the user writes.
One Florida mother took to TikTok to address the video. “I’m not gonna lie, it looks a little apocalyptic, a little Hunger Games-y,” she said.
Unlike many states, schools in the state of Florida plan to fully reopen this year. Manatee County Schools reopen on August 18.
The school district’s website shares that students can physically attend classes five days a week. Or they can learn from home on a full-time basis. However, the school district also offers a mix of in-person and virtual learning.
[H/T Daily Mail]