Who’s in charge here? It’s a lingering question as Florida schools progress toward their scheduled reopening for 2020-21. The state Department of Education has issued an emergency order that seems to set forward strict guidelines. But just how mandatory the order is remains an open question. Meanwhile, school boards and administrations continue to make preparations while the public watches and waits anxiously. Read on for the latest on that story and other Florida education news.
The state has made a show of insisting that public schools must reopen in August. Even that’s not crystal clear.
Several boards are meeting to talk about the details of getting kids back into classrooms. Pinellas County has its workshop today. There’s a protest planned for outside. • Many districts are revamping their proposals. Duval County is considering requesting a waiver to the five-day-a-week demand, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Palm Beach County has proposed sticking with online learning until cases settle, then returning in phases, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Brevard County board members want to see some changes in their administration’s plan, Florida Today reports. • Sarasota County board members say they’re leery of in-person classes under current conditions, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Manatee County teachers say they look forward to seeing students face-to-face again. But some are also ‘scared to death,' the Bradenton Herald reports. • The head of a statewide school employees union also is criticizing the state for rushing back to school, the News Service of Florida reports.
The process has already begun in Marion County. Hundreds of children started attending remedial summer lessons, while district officials discussed how difficult social distancing will be on campuses, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
Leon County thinks it has a way to limit contact while in schools. Three periods per day, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Should children return to campus? Gov. Ron DeSantis says parents will make the call, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DeSantis has talked a lot about getting minimum teacher pay up to $47,500. It’s not going to happen in Volusia County, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Polk County district officials don’t expect the money situation to get any better. They’re anticipating big budget cuts, the Ledger reports.
State funds for training school guardians are gone. Citrus County district leaders say it’s not a major problem, so long as it’s not a long-term situation, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
The Sarasota County board is expected to pick a new superintendent Tuesday afternoon. Members already are offering opinions about the five finalists, the Herald-Tribune reports.
From the campaign trail ... The president of the Broward Teachers Union endorsed Scott Israel for county sheriff. Then she rethought what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Don’t miss a story. Here’s a link to yesterday’s roundup for another look.
Before you go ... The Florida Department of Health put out a new online poster to remind people how to be safe during COVID-19. It led many education-minded people to a similar conclusion. I’ll leave it open ended and let you arrive there (or not) on your own.