Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran was seen visiting a packed high school classroom this week without wearing a mask.
Corcoran was seen walking into a classroom to survey several safety precautions implemented by the state to protect the students, teachers, and staff at Dixie County High School.
Video of his classroom visit shows that many students were also seen not wearing masks as he appeared to carry his face mask in his hand.
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“The superintendent and the principal here have done a wonderful job, and it is reflective in how many people they have coming back,” said Corcoran on Thursday as he continued his tour of schools across the state. “When you have 90% of your students and 100% of your teachers coming back, those are people who have recognized that the safety precautions are going to be in place.”
“First thing I did was make sure we got all of the tables out of the classrooms,” said Dixie County High School principal Paul Bennett. “We put desks in the classrooms. We made sure that they are as far apart as they can get. We are rerouting students, so they walk outside, walk around, so they are not bumping into each other in the halls.”
“If you go into the classrooms, you see that the desks are socially distanced,” added Corcoran. “You see that the teachers are out in the hallways monitoring kids as they go up and down the hallways. They are doing all of the necessary precautions you would want.”
“President [Donald] Trump has done a great job sending down funding for the districts, so they can have the PPE, and they can have the cleaning materials for the schools to maintain that level of safety,” he added.
Bennett told WCJB-TV that students and staff are wearing masks, but the local station noted that “that wasn’t always the case while our camera was there. One teacher was seen holding a mask in her hand.”