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How will you sign my 2020 yearbook?

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

First the graduations were put on hold. Now the yearbooks, too? The 2019-2020 school year certainly will prove one to remember for students and teachers. But apparently it will take a while to share those memories. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

The yearbook publisher that some schools use has shut down. It doesn’t seem like the students will be around for signatures, anyway.

Not that Gov. DeSantis is saying whether schools will remain closed. Unlike several other governors, he hasn’t decided, WKMG reports. • Gulf County’s superintendent joins the growing chorus that says reopening appears less and less likely, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

Safety vs. Sunshine. Florida’s school boards are taking different approaches on that balancing act as they try to get business done.

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J.J. Nickerson, a third grader at Bailey Elementary School, samples an educational software program at his home in Plant City. [MARLENE SOKOL | MARLENE SOKOL]

Who’s signing in? Just over 10 percent of Manatee County students never logged in for the first week of distance learning, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Lee County schools see participation rates improve after a rough first week, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Taking attendance can be complicated during coronavirus closures, WLRN reports.

More districts say no to testing. Citrus County schools cancel their local finals, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

What do school resource officers do when campuses are closed? In Alachua County, they still help out with kids, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Distance learning seemed easier in theory, didn’t it? In reality, many people don’t know what to do, some Polk County educators observe to the Ledger.

And then the internet service gets interrupted. One outage ground education and business in two north Florida counties to a halt, reports.

Graduation matters. Clay County high schools plan to have virtual ceremonies, Clay Today reports. • A Santa Rosa County Winn-Dixie gave a special celebration to the high school seniors working there, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. (Don’t worry. They all stood six feet apart.) • As for other seniors whose events are off, they’re ‘entirely heartbroken,’ USA Today reports.

‘We still love them.’ St. Johns County teachers do what it takes to stay in touch with all their students, the St. Augustine Record reports.

A little nonvirus-related news still happens. The Sarasota County School Board has an interesting little election shaping up, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Many Treasure Coast teachers say they can’t afford to live where they work, TC Palm reports. • Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the Legislature’s tax package into law, Florida Politics reports. Among other things, it requires school districts to share some of their capital improvement tax revenue with charter schools.

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Before you go ... Leave it to a frozen meat product’s Twitter account to remind us all about how science works, the importance of critical thinking and the role of an independent media. The thread from Steak-umm offers something to think about for all of us. Yeah. Steak-umm.

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