Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Saturday that all K-12 schools in Florida will continue to use distance learning through the end of the school year.
DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference. Most state education leaders had anticipated this move on Monday. They were caught off guard, but not surprised, by the decision.
It is a major change from the plans set last month for school campuses to reopen at the beginning of May.
The idea of returning to campus did not sit well with thousands of people, prompting the start of an online petition calling for the closures to be extended.
Supporters of the petition were worried a hasty return to school would only spread the coronavirus further and faster.
Pinellas School Board chairwoman Carol Cook agreed that it makes sense not to take chances with the health of children or school employees. She anticipated the learning will improve as everyone grows more comfortable with the interim model.