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Who needs masks in schools? The debate grows.

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

After a two-week hiatus, COVID-19 has jumped back into the spotlight as Florida surpasses 100,000 cases. That includes some high profile education leaders. The state’s surgeon general has some strong advice on wearing masks. What will schools do? Read on for that and more Florida education news.  

Hillsborough County schools had planned to make face masks voluntary. Then the city of Tampa mandated them in all indoor spaces but homes. So the district’s summer prekindergarten program complied.

How important are masks? Florida’s surgeon general recommends them for everyone in public

Pasco County’s School Board wore masks as they met in person, and they expected to do so again. That meeting will move online after the superintendent came down with COVID-19

What will back to school look like? Time is running out for Manatee County residents to provide input, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Leon County school district officials are working on details for how to detect and contain what they consider the inevitability of COVID-19 in the classrooms, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. 

The effort is expected to be costly. The Duval County school district already has spent more than $10 million in response to the coronavirus, WJXT reports. • With revenue uncertain, some leaders worry teachers and students will be asked to do more with less, WPEC reports. 

How about the universities? The Board of Governors meets today at 11 a.m. to discuss reopening plans. You can watch online. 

Hillsborough County high schools are having trouble filling all their athletic trainer positions. [ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times]

The Hillsborough County school district promised athletic trainers for all its high schools. It’s having trouble filling the jobs.

The field for Pinellas County School Board District 7 is now smaller. Candidate Ric Davis withdrew

The Bay County school district closed Oscar Patterson Elementary a year ago. It’s considering reopening the campus, which has an important role in the area’s black community, the Panama City News Herald reports. 

Don’t pass school buses when their reds are flashing. Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill doubling the penalties, Florida Politics reports. 

The Orange County school district plans to change the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle. COVID-19 has delayed the effort, though, theOrlando Sentinel reports.  

Groups petitioned the Indian River County school district to ban the Confederate flag from schools in 2016. Officials are looking into it now, TC Palm reports. 

Really? A Palm Beach County high school teacher is fired after encouraging a student to send racy photos and become sexually active, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

Miss a story? You can always take another look at yesterday’s roundup

Before you go ... Sitting home and just wishing you had a pot bellied pig to cuddle with? The SPCA in Pinellas County has one. Is it wrong to call Freckles cute?

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Posted by SPCA Tampa Bay on Monday, 22 June 2020

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