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Annie and June Leonard practice yoga, which is part of their structured home learning day as the Hillsborough County Public Schools shift to distance learning because of the coronavirus. [Times]
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  1. Annie and June Leonard practice yoga, which is part of their structured home learning day as the Hillsborough County Public Schools shift to distance learning because of the coronavirus. [Times]
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  3. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran disagrees with states like Michigan, which have closed schools in response to the coronavirus and will not count student work until they reopen. “That’s not who we are as Americans,” he said. [Times (2020)]
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  5. Hillsborough County School Board members (from left to right) Tamara Shamburger, Melissa Snively and Steve Cona at a Jan. 21 meeting. The board plans to meet Tuesday, in person, despite the coronavirus pandemic. They will sit farther apart during the meeting. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  6. With both offices and schools closed because of coronavirus concerns, parents can learn some tips from homeschoolers on how to manage the day. [Times (2019)]
  7. June Leonard, left, and her sister, Annie, work on math at the dining room table with their mother, kindergarten teacher Jamie Cook. The Land O'Lakes family, like many others in Florida, is preparing for next week's transition to distance learning. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times]
  8. Prepackaged breakfast and lunch meals were distributed to Pasco County students at seven school sites. The district is expanding its locations and changing its hours. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  9. Pasco County School Board member Colleen Beaudoin   [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK   |   Times] [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK]
  10. Piper Adams, 11, a student at Veterans Elementary School, sends a message to classmates while circulating through the Westbrook neighborhood in a caravan on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Wesley Chapel. This idea is playing out at schools across Pasco County as a way to reconnect, raise moral and encourage students as teachers prepare for digital classrooms as the coronavirus pandemic works its way through the United States. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  11. The University of South Florida has raised about $78,000 through the new USF United Support Fund, created by president Steve Currall to aid students as they grapple with the coronavirus. [CHRIS URSO | Times] [CHRIS URSO   |   TIMES]
  12. From left: Adam Frapwell, Chandler Frapwell, 6, Gretchen Frapwell, and Genevieve Frapwell, 5, acknowledge teachers with Veterans Elementary School as they circulate through the Westbrook neighborhood in a caravan on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Wesley Chapel. This idea is playing out at schools across Pasco County as a way to reconnect, raise moral and encourage students while teachers prepare for digital classrooms as the coronavirus pandemic works its way through the United States. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  1. Mabry Elementary School teacher Jennifer Buckley brought a birthday surprise to her student, kindergartener Lily Wolfe. [Courtesy of Sherry and Adam Wolfe]
  2. Thousands of students at Florida's public universities, including the University of South Florida, asked for a more lenient grading scale as they convert to distance learning. [Times (2018)]
  3. Pinellas County teacher Traci Andrews, at left with her son, Hudson, recently started Teachers Going Digital Unite, a Facebook group helping Florida teachers prepare for online learning, which starts next week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At right is an image from the group's page. More than 13,000 teachers had joined as of late Wednesday. [Courtesy of Traci Andrews / Facebook]
  4. The University of South Florida is expanding pass/fail grading due to the coronavirus, after about 7,000 students signed a petition for the change. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
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  6. Tyliyah Tolbert, 7, a second grader, on left, waits as Destiny Marshall, office clerk, works to get a lap top all set up for her at Campbell Park Elementary, 1051 7th Ave S, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Tyliyah was with her siblings and mother, Tywanda Best, as they were walk up customers getting a lap top while others drove through the schoolÕs car/bus circle. Pinellas County Schools are distributing laptops and tablets to students who need one beginning Tuesday morning.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Areeya Reneau 16, left, helps second-grader Annika Newsome with reading passages at Bailey Elementary School in Dover last year. Students from the IB program at Strawberry Crest High spend the first hour of every Tuesday morning tutoring struggling readers from Bailey. [Times (2019)]
  8. Starr Noguera, fifth-grade reading and writing interventionist, passes out laptops and tablets to parents in the car line Tuesday at Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg. Schools around the Tampa Bay area are distributing devices to students who will need one next week when online learning begins in response to the coronavirus pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. Pasco County Schools opened meal distribution sites at seven Pasco County schools for students who could come to the to pick them up. Here,  Food and Nutrition Services assistant, Tracey Carodza, (left) and principal Jason Joens (right)  roll out a cart of pre-packaged meals to the school car loop. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
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  11. Cassie Miller, Assistant Manager of Food and Nutrition Services, hands out pre-packaged meals on Monday at Fivay High in Hudson. The school was one of seven to serve as meal distribution sites for Pasco County students. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  12. Hillsborough school superintendent Addison Davis at a news conference Monday at Sligh Middle School in Tampa. Behind him are School Board members Lynn Gray and Tamara Shamburger, and deputy superintendent Chris Farkas. [MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times]
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