First Day for Dade County Schools Brings Happy Students and Parents Through the Doors


Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris appeared on the COVID-10 Update for Dade County with a bandanna over her face and dressed in western wear.

‘We’ve got our boots and spurs on in Dade County Schools because our boys and girls came back to school today,” Harris said explaining her attire and boots. “And we’ve have had a wonderful day in Dade County Schools. I have never seen so many happy children and parents walking through the doors of our schools this morning.”

Harris said that “we have our boots and spurs on in Dade County Schools because these are trying times” and thanked all of the pastors and people who have prayed for the schools and thanked those who have sent encouragement through email and mail. Harris also thanked E-911/EMA Director Alex Case for his help with the CARES Act at the school providing PPE, masks, and other things in the schools.

The school system added an additional positive case for a student-athlete (cheerleader) on Thursday, bringing the total positive number to five employees and two students, both of whom are athletes. The first was a volleyball player with the middle school and the entire volleyball team has been quarantined as well as the high school cheerleading squad.

Harris said they are striving the keep the schools open and about 80% are still wanting face-to-face instruction within the schools and 20% are signed up for virtual school.

When the first day of school was over and done, Harris responded as to how the day went overall.

“We had a smooth opening today thanks to the hard work of our entire team in preparation for the return of our students,” Harris said. “We appreciate the support of our parents and community. We want to thank everyone for their prayers. These are tough times, but we are committed to displaying character strong leadership for the benefit of our boys and girls.”

An inside look and walk-thru of Dade County High School’s COVID-19 plan can be viewed at

A video of Dr. Jan Harris’ appearance on Dade County’s COVID-19 Update can be viewed below.