The coronavirus pandemic has touched so many aspects of Florida’s schools, from teaching approaches to serving school lunches. Did anyone think about how robotics clubs and other extracurriculars might be affected? Interested students sure did. And they’re working to make sure they get what they need during these unusual times. Read on for that and more of the latest education news.
High school sports teams get to practice on campus. So, too, should robotics teams, which can’t compete without adequate preparations, a Pinellas County teen told his School Board.
There’s still a school reopening lawsuit going on. If you think the issues are moot, ask Jeb Bush why his organization is getting involved. Making the issue more interesting, the plaintiffs filed a motion late Wednesday seeking the recusal or disqualification of two 1st District Court of Appeal judges who might be considered to serve on the Florida Supreme Court if Renatha Francis' appointment is rescinded. More from the News Service of Florida.
Virtual schooling didn’t go well for many in their first weeks. Criticism flowed at the Miami-Dade County School Board meeting, where members considered how to react to their platform woes, the Miami Herald reports. The board ultimately cut ties with its provider, the Herald reports. • Meanwhile, many families statewide worried their children might fall behind as Florida Virtual School lags in registering them, WKMG reports.
Those iPads were supposed to be loaners. More than 1,000 Citrus County students didn’t return the technology they borrowed during spring distance learning, costing the district more than $340,000, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
How many COVID-19 cases are in the schools? Brevard County’s teacher union is launching its own online counter, saying the district’s version isn’t transparent enough, Florida Today reports. • More than 300 Duval County teachers and students have been quarantined since schools reopened, the Florida Times-Union reports. • More than 800 central Florida students have been quarantined so far, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Cases and exposures have tripled in a week in Escambia and Santa Rosa county schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Leon County school district leaders are continuing to look for the best way to provide data to the public, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The number of cases among children statewide has risen about 34 percent since Florida’s schools reopened, the Washington Post reports.
Responding to the virus can be costly. The Lee County school district put $15 million into its budget for coronavirus-related expenses, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Many details remain unclear.
Put me in, coach. Palm Beach County high schools have Sept. 21 on their calendars as the likely date to begin fall sports. But their participation in state competition is unlikely, the Palm Beach Post reports. Overall, the return to Palm Beach schools has created confusion, anger and the departure of thousands of students, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Lakeland High School in Polk County is the latest to cancel football games as its team was exposed to the coronavirus, WTVT reports. • Cottondale High in Jackson County has postponed two games because of virus quarantines, WCTV reports.
Duval County schools have a change in plans. The Florida Department of Education approved the district’s plan to stagger its return to in-person classes, the Florida Times-Union reports.
The National Merit Semifinalists list came out. Know anyone on it?
Were you able to get into an SAT test this year? Florida’s average score was down, and beneath the national average, Florida Phoenix reports.
Teachers are supposed to get raises this year. Broward County negotiators worked out an agreement providing increases between $1,000 and $3,700, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Clay County is rapidly growing. Schools will spend nearly $12 million to meet the rising security needs, Clay Today reports.
It’s a balancing act. The Volusia County School Board grabbed about $11 million from its reserves to cover a revenue shortfall in its budget, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Federal CARES Act money is helping keep Polk County’s reserve accounts at required levels, the Ledger reports.
Get back. Florida’s law setting distances that sex offenders must maintain away from schools survived a legal challenge, Bloomberg Law reports.
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Before you go ... It’s become a social media thing for kids to post pictures of their teachers in odd positions. Really. If you have any, please share them.