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Students arrive at Pasco County's Gulf Middle School for the first day of school in August 2020. Discussions are ongoing whether some of the clothing they wear, such as ripped jeans, are appropriate in the district's dress code.
Pasco County plans a ‘deep dive’ on its dress code as other school districts across Florida also wrestle with the issue.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Classes, social activities and athletics will resume fully by June 28.
She’s one of two area educators to get state recognition this week. Hillsborough’s Zemenaye Harris was named Florida’s top assistant principal.

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  1. Kashari James, 25, of Tampa, who received her master’s degree in criminology, gets help from her mother, Janie James, before the University of South Florida's first in-person commencement ceremony since the pandemic. The ceremony was held at Tropicana Field on Saturday, “I’m just glad all the graduates get to celebrate each other since we have all been online,” James said.
  2. Hillsborough County School Board Chair Lynn Gray addresses the board during a School Board retreat on April 27. She announced Saturday that the financially troubled school district has secured $101 million in federal funds.
  3. UT President Ronald Vaughn addresses students virtually during the 2021 commencement.
  4. Students walk to Davidsen Middle School, where 10 coronavirus cases were reported this past week. The Westchase school, along with Ben Davidson Middle in Tampa, had the most reported cases in the area for the week.
  5. Students arrive at Pasco County's Gulf Middle School for the first day of school in August 2020. Discussions are ongoing whether some of the clothing they wear, such as ripped jeans, are appropriate in the district's dress code.
  6. Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis addresses the School Board on April 27 in Tampa. A parent's complaint to the state Inspector General's office alleges he has improperly spent public funds.
  7. Pinellas teacher of the year, Sarah Painter, who teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School, right, sinks into a congratulatory hug with Principal Antonette Wilson moments after finding out she is one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the school in Clearwater.
  8. Students walk on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus in September, near the start of a school year that will be remembered for its pandemic restrictions. University officials said Thursday that those restrictions will be lifted starting in late June.
  9. Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis during a School Board retreat on April 27 in Tampa. The district is continuing its work on a state-ordered fiscal recovery plan. The board expects to vote on the final document on May 11, when it is due.
  10. Pinellas teacher of the year, Sarah Painter, who teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School, celebrates Thursday with her students moments after finding out she is one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year.
  11. Students continue to wear masks and use other protections in most Florida schools. District officials across the state are reviewing their policies moving into the summer and fall.
  12. Nova Southeastern University now recommends, but does not require, vaccines.
  13. Norma Alcantar, 50, of Tampa, stands near a Prickly Pear cactus (opuntia ficus indica) at the USF botanical gardens Tuesday. A USF professor of chemical, biological and material engineering, Alcantar was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of fame with 22 patents, with much of her work focused around using cactus plants for water filtration.
  14. Danielle Biggs, a teacher at Veteran's Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, speaks out against student information and data sharing between the Pasco County Schools and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office during a Pasco School Board meeting in December. The district modified its agreement with the Sheriff's Office on May 4, 2021.
  15. Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego announced his district will end its school mask mandate on June 9 at 5 p.m.
  16. Pasco County School Resource Officers will no longer have access to student data like grades and discipline after an agreement with the school board was updated Tuesday
  17. Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively during a retreat Tuesday to develop a corrective performance plan for superintendent Addison Davis.
  18. A better thank you would be a sack of cash!
  19. Governor Ron Desantis signs SB 2006 suspending emergency orders in the state of Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  20. The Hillsborough County Public Schools' Instructional Service Center at 2920 N 40th St. in Tampa, where School Board members met last week. Two more meetings are scheduled this week, including a Thursday session to discuss the district's finances.
  21. Lakewood Elementary School kindergarten students Kennedi Flournoy, 5, (right, front) and Heavenlei McKinnie, 5, (left) work on sight words last month. They will continue to wear masks through the remainder of the school year.
  22. Romaneir Johnson, chief financial officer for the Hillsborough County School District, addresses the School Board about its financial picture on April 27.
  23. Second graders practice social distancing while lining up for lunch on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at Innovations Preparatory Academy in Wesley Chapel. Many school districts across Florida are debating how long to maintain their mask mandates.
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