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Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom

BY: - June 14, 2021

During the spring legislative session, proponents generally took a secular approach to at least a minute of silence daily in public schools, saying the effort would give kids a chance to reflect on themselves without distractions. But Monday, the conversation shifted to “religious freedom” as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the moment-of-silence bill into law at […]

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The tumultuous 2020-21 school year will end with more than 115,000 cases of COVID-19 in FL’s K-12 schools

BY: - May 26, 2021

The first full academic year under the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to a tumultuous close in Florida schools, with more than 115,000 infections accounted for by students, teachers, staff and others. But while the numbers continued to rise throughout 2020-21, the Florida Department of Health’s COVID updates in schools became a difficult task, the Phoenix […]

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Amid final stretch of 2020-21 school year, districts may change mask protocols after new CDC guidance

BY: - May 14, 2021

Florida school districts are reconsidering mask protocols following an update this week from federal health officials saying residents fully vaccinated for COVID no longer have to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. School administrators are reviewing the details and some are considering whether to lift mask mandates just weeks before the final days of […]

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COVID’s sad milestone: More than 100,000 cases related to FL public and private K-12 schools since September

BY: - May 3, 2021

With the 2020-21 academic year nearly over, the state reached a troubling COVID milestone on the education front: More than 100,000 COVID-19 cases emerged in Florida’s public and private K-12 school system from early September to mid-April. To be exact, a Phoenix analysis of the most recent Department of Health data show at least 106,649 […]

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More than 90,000 COVID cases related to K-12 schools since Sept; some teens now eligible for vaccine

BY: - April 5, 2021

With the 2020-21 school year starting to wind down, Florida Department of Health data show more than 90,000 COVID cases related to K-12 schools since September. But starting Monday, teens as young as 16 will be able to get the COVID vaccines, which can help diminish the number of COVID cases in classrooms. Overall, there […]

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Nearly 70,000 COVID cases related to FL K-12 schools since the fall; but weekly cases this winter are dropping

BY: - February 22, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases related to Florida’s public and private K-12 schools is closing in on the 70,000 mark, nearly six months since the state began tracking the cases last September. However, weekly school cases during the pandemic’s winter months in Florida appear to have been dropping for a couple weeks now. The Florida […]

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More than 60,000 COVID cases related to FL K-12 public and private schools raise questions about safety

BY: - February 8, 2021

With new data from the first month of the 2021 spring semester, the total number of school-related COVID cases has risen to 60,690, which includes both public and private K-12 schools in Florida. The figure is based on COVID cases from Sept. 6 through Jan. 30, according to a Phoenix analysis of data from the […]

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COVID cases related to FL K-12 schools have surpassed the 50,000 mark in a just a little over a semester

BY: - February 1, 2021

COVID-19 cases related to Florida’s public and private K-12 schools have surpassed the 50,000 mark during the pandemic, with at least 55,453 infections since early September through mid January, according to a Florida Phoenix analysis. In the most recent update by the Florida Department of Health, the breakout shows 41,573 student cases, 4,463 teacher COVID […]

Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases related to FL K-12 schools in first week of spring semester

BY: - January 19, 2021

Two weeks ago, Florida’s K-12 schools resumed for the 2020-21 academic year while the COVID-19 pandemic continued. Students and teachers returned to their classrooms or logged in to online learning platforms. But in the week Florida students started the 2021 spring semester, 4,786 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Florida Department of Health. The […]