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Many Florida schools plan to reopen, but those in hard hit areas remain closed

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Rosie and her owner check in to the evacuation shelter at Manatee High School as Hurricane Ian slowly approaches on Sept. 27, 2022. Manatee County schools expect to reopen for classes on Tuesday.
Rosie and her owner check in to the evacuation shelter at Manatee High School as Hurricane Ian slowly approaches on Sept. 27, 2022. Manatee County schools expect to reopen for classes on Tuesday. [ TIFFANY TOMPKINS | Bradenton Herald ]
Published Oct. 3

The big story: Hurricane Ian might be past, but its wreckage continues to affect several communities in its path.

Schools in the hardest hit areas of Lee and Collier counties continue to assess the damage. Lee had no immediate plan to reopen, the Fort Myers News-Press reports, while Collier prepared to begin classes Thursday, the Naples Daily News reports. Schools in Manatee County expected to restart classes Tuesday, while Sarasota County schools planned to remain closed until further notice, the Herald-Tribune reports. Schools also are closed indefinitely in Charlotte County, the Charlotte Sun reports.

The Tampa Bay area districts of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco are resuming classes Monday.

Among other parts of Florida:

Seminole County schools prepared to reopen Monday, while Orange County schools will return Tuesday to give workers more time to clean up after the storm, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Seminole County relocated several bus stops because of the storm, WOFL reports. • Polk County schools also will resume Tuesday, Lakeland Now reports. • Duval, Clay and St. Johns county schools are restarting Monday, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Flagler County schools resume today, and Volusia County students head back on Wednesday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

To see a full list of closures and reopening dates, visit the Florida Department of Education website.

Other school news

Florida public school educators have continuing concerns about the state’s move to control access to books in libraries and classrooms. The state Department of Education has posted a new proposed rule fueling added worries about book bans, Salon reports.

Three Broward County school district administrators were forced out amid grand jury criticism. Now their separation agreements are under scrutiny, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The Citrus County school district needs a new refrigerated truck for its food services. It’s been waiting a year to get one, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

Florida launched a new K-5 reading initiative with free books last December. Program leaders called the model “life changing” for children, WCJB reports.

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