After a two week hiatus to recover from an unusual and stressful fall, Florida students and teachers begin their return to classes – if not classrooms – this morning. Some will begin new semesters on quickly drawn up plans the state required for schools that wanted to continue offering live distance learning. Others will see the end of their first semesters, extended beyond the winter holidays due to a late start in August while still figuring out how distance and personal learning would coexist. Tensions remain as some state officials continue to push for more children to be present face-to-face while some families resist amid ongoing coronavirus concerns. The issues promise more debate as lawmakers hold committee meetings starting next week. Happy 2021! Read on for the latest.
You are back. Hillsborough County’s Tampa Heights Elementary students and staff have no permanent school since their campus burned down after Hurricane Irma. You are returning for a newly completed renovation Monday.
The Pinellas County Science Center has had a tough time. Citizens want to revitalize the site as a place for students to launch careers with extracurricular STEM activities.
How can the pandemic be summed up in six words? These private students from Pasco County did it. Can you?
Schools continue to urge students to come back. Manatee County’s parents are receiving letters from their district, the Bradenton Herald reports. * Similar letters are expected to be sent to more than 75. 000 students in South Florida are walking, Sun-Sentinel reports. * Treasure Coast school districts anticipate the number of personal students will increase but have no plans to change their health and safety protocols, reports TC Palm. * Duval County’s schools are preparing for additional facilities on campus, reports the Florida Times-Union. * The Palm Beach County School District has asked families to register their first choice for the second semester by January. 11, reports the Palm Beach Post. * Some Seminole County parents say they will not send their children back while masks are required, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Many school districts have used rapid tests to identify infected students and staff. Miami-Dade County had access to the « gold standard ». Test for months before you decide to use it, reports the Miami Herald.
It can be difficult to get an appointment for the vaccine. Brevard County’s School District gives employees who secure hours during work time planning flexibility, reports Space Coast Daily. * Duval County School health workers and employees over the age of 65 will be prioritized for vaccination, reports WJXT. * Some Florida teachers are upset that they are not higher on the vaccination priority list, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Many schools canceled trips for excursions during the pandemic. Instead, they offer virtual experiences, reports the Naples Daily News.
Heads of State say too many teenagers are not ready for kindergarten. The Volusia County’s school district has joined a pilot preschool program to improve readiness, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Florida offers scholarships for students who are bullied in school. A Polk County family claimed their middle school refused to sponsor a transfer after their child was beaten on campus, the ledger reports.
Heads of a charter school in Manatee County challenged the district’s decision to close the school. They lost another round in court, reports the News Service of Florida. The chairman of the Manatee School Board had alleged that the district relied on incorrect information to decide the fate of the charter, reports Herald-Tribune.
The Miami-Dade County School District paid $ 9 million to resolve a case of students accusing a teacher of rape. Attempts were then made to deter victims from discussing the deal, the Miami Herald reports.
Almost 80 years ago, two black Brevard County teachers lost their jobs and later their lives fighting racism. The local teachers’ union is working to bring their story to light, Florida Today reports.
Don’t pass the stopped school bus with flashing red tones. The fine is now being doubled, Florida Politics reports.
From the court document . . . A Duval County family sued the school district claiming their daughter was sexually assaulted in a school, WJXT reports. * Florida Virtual School has a federal lawsuit against competitor K-12 Inc. . The News Service of Florida reports on trademark infringement.
There are no fees here. The state has declined to prosecute a substitute teacher from Marion County who is accused of inappropriately touching a student, the Ocala Star Banner reports. * An Alachua County high school band director has been cleared of allegations of sending sexually stimulating messages to a student, Gainesville Sun reports. .
Soft landing. The governor’s communications director, embroiled in controversy over social media comments, stepped down and took a top spot in the Florida Department of Education, according to Florida Politics reports.
Before you go . . . How about another comedic throwback to 2020?
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