The Sarasota County School District will open after The Florida Department of Education approved the plan Wednesday. 18 district reopening plans have been approved so far. Plans for Charlotte and DeSoto counties are still pending In class instruction. Sarasota Schools will begin on Aug. 31 with safety measures in place, including requiring all students and staff to wear masks. The plan can be viewed in its entirety on the Florida Department of Education’s website: fldoe.org/em-response.