More US schools go online-only as coronavirus pandemic continues

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An aerial image of some dozens of empty school buses is seen in a parking lot amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

WASHINGTON, D.C. (News Nation) — With coronavirus infections and deaths rising in many parts of the country, educators from California to Wisconsin are opting for online learning rather than a return to classrooms when the school year begins in a few weeks.

Florida reported a record increase in COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday with 133 more lives lost, raising the state’s total deaths to more than 4,500. The previous record increase was 120 on July 9.

Florida still plans for its schools to resume in-person learning in August. The state recorded over 9,000 new cases on Tuesday, down from 12,000 on Monday and a record increase of 15,000 on Sunday.

Schools from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Fort Bend County, Texas, joined California’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, in announcing plans to keep teachers and students from the close contact that classrooms demand.

The decision puts the districts at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he might withhold federal funds or remove tax-exempt status if they do not reopen classrooms. As News Nation has reported, most schools are financed by state and local taxes.

Los Angeles and San Diego schools said in a joint statement on Monday that countries that have safely reopened schools have done so only after establishing declining infection rates and on-demand coronavirus testing, News Nation affiliate KTLA reports.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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