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Reopening Florida begins. Schools aren’t in Phase 1.

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his plan to reopen Florida. He called it the “safe, smart, step-by-step” approach. Phase 1 didn’t include Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties. And it didn’t include trying to resume school classes before the end of the semester. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

Reopening, Phase 1. Distance learning will continue for now, Gov. DeSantis announces. But other areas will start seeing looser restrictions.

What’s next? If and when schools reopen, Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho anticipates masks, temperature checks and staggered start times, WLRN reports. • Seminole County superintendent Walt Griffin expects changed teaching styles, too, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Graduation ceremonies are set. Maybe. Hillsborough County high schools now have dates for in-person commencements in July. Unless they can’t happen.

Oh, the drama. A Hillsborough County School Board member came out swinging against the district administration, the new superintendent and even a local WWE star whose name is proposed to go on a school. And the superintendent couldn’t stop himself from responding.

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Learning Design Coach Anna Condoleon hands out computers and other technological devices at Rushe Middle School in advance of distance learning. Many students across Florida have not logged in. [MICHELE MILLER | Times]

Many students haven’t done any online learning. And neither the state nor many Florida districts have the ability to keep track of attendance, Florida Phoenix reports.

Most St. Johns County parents are satisfied with distance learning. But some engagement issues remain, the Florida Times-Union reports.

In south Florida, responses are mixed. Parents offer their views on the past weeks of schooling to the Sun-Sentinel.

Teachers are adapting. It’s taken time, but they’re getting used to education from afar, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

Three more days. Duval County students see their school year extended to make up for time missed during the extended spring break, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Will the students pass their classes? The Duval district gave teachers more discretion on grades with the cancellation of most finals, WJXT reports.

Students get a break. Palm Beach County schools cancel most final exams and do away with service requirements for graduating seniors, the Palm Beach Post reports.

These kids can fix it. Students at a Miami-Dade County middle school are helping their teachers deal with technology troubles in distance learning, CNN reports.

That’s a relief. The Manatee Education Foundation is raising money to provide technology support to needy students, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Adopt a senior! It’s a new social media craze to cheer the Class of 2020, and it’s taking off, TC Palm reports.

Come visit, and practice your putt. A Volusia County kindergarten teacher invites his students over, one by one, to visit through a window while using his personal putting green, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

On the front lines. Lee County food service staff working the grab and go lines get extra hazard pay for their effort, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

On the mat. The FHSAA is on track to sanction girls wrestling, the Miami Herald reports.

Let’s make a deal. Polk County teachers get back planning time, but no new raises, the Ledger reports.

Safety matters. Two Clay County charter schools have asked for district support for a resource officer. The district is considering it, Clay Today reports.

Did you miss yesterday’s roundup? Here’s a link.

Before you go ... So, teachers, how’s your remote learning experience going so far? Has it felt like a struggle? Does this video speak to you? It gotten a lot of LOL’s and smiley emojis on social media.

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Posted by It's Gone Viral on Thursday, March 30, 2017

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