Despite four large counties opting to shutter campuses as the state works to beat back the coronavirus, DeSantis and state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran were unwavering in their confidence that brick-and-mortar schools will reopen their doors this fall.

The DeSantis administration has said it will withhold state funding from schools that don’t physically open, but the Republican governor on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of districts actually losing funds.

“I don’t think you’re going to have a school district in the state that is going virtual for the whole semester,” DeSantis said during an education roundtable at a special needs school in Clearwater.