A Facebook post by the Monroe County School District was taken down on Wednesday after it went at teachers from two Upper Keys schools for being resistant to returning to the classroom next week.
The subject of the post surrounded orientation for Florida Keys schools that’ll begin after the Labor Day weekend. The post targeted teachers from Coral Shores High School and Plantation Key School, however, stating that they “are resistant to returning to school next week so orientation at those schools may, indeed, be canceled.”
“If your child goes to school at one of those two schools, please call the school tomorrow to find out what they plan to do during the next week,” the post reads. “All other schools are planning to hold orientations as scheduled.”
The post was taken off the school district’s Facebook page not long after it was put up. Monroe County Schools Superintendent Theresa Axford issued an apology Thursday morning via Facebook, stating that it contained incorrect information and a poor choice of verbiage. Parents were encouraged to contact school offices for details on back to school orientations.
The Monroe County School District is proceeding with a phased reopening that will start with students attending orientation in small groups Sept. 8-11. By Monday, Sept. 14, students will be back in school with elementary age students attending Monday through Friday. Middle and high school students will be on a schedule of alternating days for in-person and virtual instruction.
In-person instruction is voluntary at this point, according to the school district. But parents have to make a decision as to whether their children will spend the entire semester virtual or go back to the classroom by the end of the month.
The Keys Weekly reached out to the school district and principals from Coral Shores High School and Plantation Key School and is awaiting further comment.
— This story will be updated as more becomes available