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Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by USF physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back-to-school health clinic July 31 at Middleton High in Tampa.
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  1. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by USF physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back-to-school health clinic July 31 at Middleton High in Tampa.
  2. Evan Vilendrer plays a game on a tablet while grandparents Patrice and Dave Marquez care for their daughter’s children,13-month-old Eden and 4-year-old Evan, while their parents are at work on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Riverview.
  3. A look at the solar panels being installed by Duke Energy in the parking lot at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St S, on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  4. In this Aug. 23 file photo, students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Coleman Senior High School on the first day of school, in Miami Lakes. Alachua County's school district is the first in Florida to receive a grant from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate.
  5. Students arrive at Leto High for the first day of school in Hillsborough County last month. The Hillsborough school district, like others across Florida, will let parents decide whether to quarantine a child who was exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms.
  6. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, left, was named Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Florida's next surgeon general. He issued a new emergency rule on school COVID-19 protocols a day after his appointment.
  7. In this Aug. 12 photo, a student gets help with his mask from transitional kindergarten teacher Annette Cuccarese during the first day of classes at Tustin Ranch Elementary School in Tustin, Calif. Now that California schools have welcomed students back to in-person learning, they face a new challenge: A shortage of teachers and all other staff, the likes of which some districts say they've never seen.
  8. St. Petersburg High students Sydney Conroy, right, and Toby Lam wear a masks as they arrive on Aug. 11, 2021, the first day of school in Pinellas County.
  9. Food and Nutrition workers at Fivay HIgh handed out pre-packaged meals for students who could come to the school to pick them up during the height of the pandemic. The state has applied for more federal aid to continue distributing free food when schools are closed.
  10. Taylor J. Anderson, 38, was arrested Monday night on multiple charges.
  11. A face mask rests atop some school work, Monday morning September 13, 2021 as Volusia County School starts mandatory masks for students.
  12. Banners fly from the Student Services breezeway on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, which is seeking input about its next president. An online survey was announced Monday.
  13. Crowds like this one at a recent Pinellas School Board meeting have been larger and often more animated as boards have taken on issues including school masks, race relations and transgender rights. At this meeting on Aug. 24, one defiant speaker was removed from the chamber by security and another called the school district a "criminal enterprise."
  14. Hillsborough County School Board members Nadia Combs, left, and Karen Perez voted against two proposed Mater Academy charter schools on June 15. The schools on Tuesday will again ask for board approval.
  15. A group of students gather after a mass shooting Monday at Perm State University in Perm, about 700 miles east of Moscow.
  16. Students arrive at Skycrest Elementary School during first day of school on Wednesday, Aug, 11, 2021, in Clearwater.
  17. A masked student searches for his first-period class at Sunlake High on Aug. 10, the first day of school in Pasco County. Sunlake led the district this past week with 39 reported cases of COVID-19, but school case numbers across the county are headed down.
  18. Students in the Gulf High class of 2023 show their school spirit in a float they created for the annual homecoming parade in 2019. They haven't had many similar activities since then, but got permission for dances and pep rallies this week.
  19. Dozens of Tampa Bay area seniors on their way to graduation this spring have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2022. Many will become finalists later this school year and will qualify for college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program.
  20. Scott Rivkees talks to the media during a news conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on May 6, 2020.
  21. Pasco County Historic Courthouse
  22. A boy's restroom at Zephyrhills High School was damaged as part of a student trend of stealing or vandalizing school property and putting a video of the 'devious lick' on TikTok.
  23. Governor Ron DeSantis listens as Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran answers a reporter’s questions at High Point Elementary School, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Clearwater.