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No computer at home? Schools are handing them out. But it still doesn’t make remote learning any less stressful for parents. “It drains me to think about, because I’m going to work then coming home, trying to cook, clean and do this homeschool thing," said Pinellas County mom Tonya Brown. "It’s hard.”
About those IB and AICE tests. Unlike this spring’s AP exams, they’re canceled. “It wouldn’t be fair to our students at this incredibly stressful time to add another layer of stress to their lives,” IB director general Siva Kumari says.
College life is pretty stressful, too. Thousands of students at Florida’s universities think moving to a pass/fail grading system for the semester might help.
Let’s make a deal. Brevard County schools were on edge as teachers threatened not to lead distance learning without specific terms in their contract. They got what they wanted, Florida Today reports.
Don’t report to your classroom. A second Manatee County school is closed to in-person work after someone connected to the campus tested positive, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Meeting in an empty chamber. The Manatee County School Board did it. But members weren’t sure they should have, the Bradenton Herald reports.
Tough choices abound. Many Lee County parents have to decide — work to support the family, or stay home to take care of the kids, the Lehigh Acres Citizen reports.
Need something extra to keep your kids busy? Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering free for-credit online courses for Florida students. History of Aviation in America, anyone? Better hurry. Registration ends Friday.
High schoolers always could prep for those AP tests, too. College Board has a full schedule of online lessons that begin today.
Feeling vulnerable? Have everyone learn to make face masks.