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A conundrum: Two major health authorities differ on school masks

BY: - July 19, 2021

What should schools do when two major health-related groups conflict on how to handle the face-mask issue as the new academic year looms and the COVID-19 pandemic continues? Districts in Florida and elsewhere will have to figure that out, because as of Sunday, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all school teachers, staff and […]


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 […]

More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases related to FL schools; 12,660 cases in all since early September

BY: - October 28, 2020

COVID-19 infections at Florida schools continue to rise, with more than 2,000 new cases between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24, according to the Florida Department of Health. The cases encompass K-12 schools and colleges and universities, both public and private, as well as students, teachers, staff and other unknown cases. The state data reported 2,226 […]

Some FL school districts wary about relaxing COVID safety rules; others are considering changes

BY: - October 21, 2020

As North Florida’s Hamilton County School District completes its second month of brick-and-mortar classroom instruction, Supt. Rex Mitchell says schools will keep current COVID-19 precautions for the foreseeable future. “Even though the governor opened the state up, we have not relaxed any of our procedures,” Mitchell said. “Right now we just feel like we need […]

New school year: A handful of FL school districts open their doors to brick-and-mortar classrooms

BY: - August 10, 2020

At a time when many families and educators are worried about sending children to school in a pandemic, a handful of Florida districts opened their doors for the new academic year, doing in-person instruction at brick-and-mortar schools. Those are Baker, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton and Suwannee, districts in North Florida counties, based on calls to school […]

The ups and downs of Advanced Placement: Roughly half the Florida kids who took the tough exams in 2018 didn’t pass.

BY: - February 28, 2019

In a swath of North Florida school districts, only a handful of high school students, at best, take top-level classes that can be a ticket to college. Elsewhere, thousands of Florida students take a hefty lineup of the tough Advanced Placement classes and pass the AP exams that can give them college credits and a […]