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What might a return to school look like in Florida?

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

As the spring semester nears its close, all eyes now turn to the summer and fall terms. How will the feeding program work? What will classroom instruction look like? Will there even be classrooms any more? Some decisions are being made. Others still require more information. Read on for that and more Florida education news.

With campuses closed, schools still have served millions of meals. Why are so many families lining up for the free food?

What’s needed to reopen the schools in the fall? Florida education leaders offer their ideas. • The CDC recently released its recommendations, after the Trump administration tried to kill it, the Associated Press reports.

What about the summer? Well, don’t count on that happening. • Online activities will likely continue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Much depends on how parents and teachers feel about returning. The state education department and the Florida Education Association are gathering input, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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A soon-to-be fifth grader completes his work during an English Language Arts class on the first day of Summer Bridge at Maximo Elementary School. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]

Who’s hiring? Not the Palm Beach County school district, which also has halted purchasing in anticipation of major budget cuts, the Palm Beach Post reports.

A ‘safe, memorable environment.’ That’s the goal for Okaloosa County high school graduations — whenever they might be, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Manatee High students and families demand a graduation under the school’s stadium lights and, apparently, they’ll get one, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Teacher appreciation. Now more than ever, the St. Augustine Record reports.

About those calls to loosen university testing deadlines. Chancellor Marshall Criser says he’s working on it, the Independent Alligator reports.

Some children need more help than others. A group of Leon County high school students started a tutoring group to fill the gaps of distance learning, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Teaching tolerance. Schools work on their diversity lessons as fears rise about the potential for hate crimes, the Villages Daily Sun reports.

Some ordinary business still needs to get done. Like revising Lake County school district policies, the Daily Commercial reports. • And deciding when to hold Sarasota County’s next property tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Before you go ... Everyone is wondering how schools might operate in the fall if students return. Here’s a video shared by a former Florida education official that offers one possibility. Can you imagine this happening here?

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