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Alexandra Angarano, a first-grader at Westgate Elementary, uses a laptop to complete online assignments during the first day of online school this week in Pinellas County. Pinellas officials say they want students to spend a good chunk of each day doing school work, with much of it in front of a screen. Other Florida counties are monitoring attendance differently during the coronavirus crisis, saying they are mostly focused on the work getting done, whenever that happens. [Courtesy of Amelia Angarano]
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  1. Mandy Minor works with her 8-year-old daughter, Clara, on a class assignment at home. Clara suffers from learning and developmental delays due to DiGeorge Syndrome. Without peers and a teacher to propel her through the day, she burns out quickly, her mother says. [Courtesy of Alastair St. Hill]
  2. Alexandra Angarano, a first-grader at Westgate Elementary, uses a laptop to complete online assignments during the first day of online school this week in Pinellas County. Pinellas officials say they want students to spend a good chunk of each day doing school work, with much of it in front of a screen. Other Florida counties are monitoring attendance differently during the coronavirus crisis, saying they are mostly focused on the work getting done, whenever that happens. [Courtesy of Amelia Angarano]
  3. Pinellas County schools will expand its number of free meal sites for students while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. [STEVEN SENNE  |  Associated Press]
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  5. Cassie Miller, Assistant Manager of Food and Nutrition Services, hands out pre-packaged meals at Fivay High in Hudson. District officials are looking for more workers to help with the service. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  6. Florida's spring algebra exam is among the things being canceled because of COVID-19.
  7. Meeting remotely, an advisory committee for Hillsborough County's Achievement Schools discussed how to connect with hard-to-read students while schools are closed for COVID-19. [Times staff]
  8. Teacher Kate Newell watches seventh graders Aaron Roxberry and Jacob Iovino practice the slope-intercept formula in one of her weekly visits to their Bayonet Point Middle algebra class. [JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff]
  9. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen during a news conference Wednesday, April 1, 2020. [The Florida Channel]
  10. Learning design coach Anna Condoleaon hands out computers and other devices Monday at Rushe Middle School in preparation for online learning, which began this week. Florida public schools are set to reopen May 1 as things stand, but it's easy to see that changing. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  11. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay have closed normal operations and reopened as childcare facilities for essential workers. [Courtesy of Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA]
  12. The screen students would see when logging in to take the Florida Standards Assessments.
  1. Members stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the Hillsborough County School Board meeting at the School District headquarters, 901 E Kennedy Boulevard, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Tampa.The five school board members present all sat at least six feet apart and only 10 people we permitted in the room at any given time, using social distancing because of COVID-19. Two other school board members were present via video conferencing.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  2. As schools use platforms like Zoom to interact with students, parents might want to stay vigilant, experts say. “You don’t want your kids just clicking every link that comes in, thinking it’s from their teachers,” said Chris Hadnagy, an expert in online stalking and cybercrime. “Be really cautious with the links.” [ELISE AMENDOLA  |  AP]
  3. The lectern is cleaned between each speaker during the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Tampa.The five school board members present all sat at least six feet apart and only 10 people we permitted in the room at any given time, using social distancing because of COVID-19. Two other school board members were present via video conferencing. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  4. Landon Rancke, left, and his big brother, Ryan Rancke work together to set up a computer for online learning. Both are students in the Pinellas County school system. [Kristin Rancke]
  5. Pasco County Schools distributed  computer and technological equipment Monday for students needing technology to participate in distance learning beginning Tuesday. Here Rushe Middle School principal David Salerno provides a safe way for parents to drop signed paperwork. Public schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties started distance learning on Monday. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  6. Landon Rancke, left, and his big brother, Ryan Rancke work together to set up a computer for online learning. Both are students in the Pinellas County school system. [Courtesy of Kristin Rancke]
  7. Learning design coach Anna Condoleaon hands out computers and other technological devises on Monday at Rushe Middle School in advance of distance learning, which was to commence on Tuesday for Pasco County students. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
  8. 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]
  9. Minecraft logo on Android mobile device. [SHUTTERSTOCK  |  Shutterstock]
  10. 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)]
  11. 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]
  12. 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)]
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