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Superintendent Welcomes Students to School Campuses During First Day of Face-to-Face eLearning

Nearly seven months after Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) was forced to close schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the District begins its phased reopening for face-to-face eLearning by welcoming almost 20,000 students – from pre-K to second grade and exceptional student education from all grade levels – onto school campuses.

As outlined in the District’s Optional Innovative Plan, families were offered the option for their students to receive eLearning instruction at home or at their school campus. Through a parent survey and direct requests to schools, 1,531 pre-K parents opted for on-campus learning for their child, as well as parents of 4,262 kindergarteners, 4,311 first graders and 4,252 second graders. Additionally, the District will welcome approximately 5,500 students with disabilities in all other grade levels.   

“Our District staff has made a tremendous effort to prepare our schools for students with all the measures necessary to make reopening our campuses as safe as possible,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We’re happy to offer this face-to-face option for parents, and we’re excited to see our students back in the classroom.”  

Superintendent Runcie will visit several schools to welcome students, parents, teachers and staff. He will begin his day at the Central Area Transportation Terminal in Oakland Park as school bus operators prepare to meet the first wave of student bus riders of the 2020/21 school year. Following the school visits, the day will conclude with a press conference at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center.  

Share first day messages and photos on social media using the hashtags #BCPSeLearning #BCPSReopening. An attachment detailing the Superintendent’s schedule accompanies this news release.  

For additional information about the District’s Phase 2 School Reopening, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our webpage at 






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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at and download the free BCPS mobile app.