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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 06: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to press following a shooting on the Pensacola Naval Air Base on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The second shooting on a U.S. Naval Base in a week has left three dead plus the suspect and seven people wounded. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)


With their children facing an abridged school year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, many parents have been wondering whether their children will be promoted to the next grade or have to make up the time they missed. In Florida, the answer is, “Your choice.” Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that parents will be given the option to have their children repeat the grade they’re in this year or allow them to graduate to the next grade. Choosing the latter shouldn’t make things too difficult for the students; DeSantis also revealed “all testing” will be called off for the rest of the school year. “Requirements for graduation, promotion and final course grades will be evaluated as if those assessments did not exist,” he said. Schools in Florida are expected to remain closed until April 15th. Officials have yet to decide whether students will return to class or finish the school year through online courses, DeSantis says.