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Miami-Dade School District Faces Several Positive Covid Cases During First Week Of Reopening

Young kids are sitting in a school cafeteria several feet apart from each other during the first week of schools reopening in Miami-Dade County.
Jose A Iglesias
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via Miami Herald
Students enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria at Redland Elementary on the first day of Miami-Dade public schools' reopening.

On this episode of the South Florida Roundup: Public schools in Broward and Miami-Dade counties reopen; the latest on the Miami presidential debate; Miami sports have their moment.

This post was updated Friday, Oct. 9, at 6:55 p.m.

Contact tracing investigation underway in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The Miami-Dade County school district is dealing with at least four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the first week of reopening.

As of Friday morning, the district’s dashboard showed one employee and three students who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Meanwhile, Broward County public school teachers and students return to classrooms on a staggered schedule starting Friday.

WLRN’s education reporter Jessica Bakeman and Andrew Marra, education reporter at the Palm Beach Post, discuss reopening challenges with host Tom Hudson.

Back To School During Covid

The 2020 election focuses on Miami debate and voters

Miami was scheduled to host some kind of presidential debate next week. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, that organizes the events, announced Thursday that it would be a virtual debate.

Both campaigns responded differently. President Trump said he’ll only debate in person after recently testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Biden campaign proposed delaying the next debate until Oct. 22 — when the third and final debate is scheduled to happen in Nashville.

And Friday evening the commission announced that the debate would be cancelled saying in a statement, "it is now apparent there will be no debate on October 15," due to the differing proposals from the campaigns.

Despite the cancellation, both campaigns will continue the work of courting key voters in the area.

Glenna Milberg, co-host of This Week in South Florida on WPLG Local 10, talked about presidential politics in the region.

Debate Over Miami Debate

Miami sports shine during the pandemic.

The return of professional sports has given people some solace during a tough year.

The Miami Heat play the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Friday night. WLRN’s digital editor Lance Dixon explained why it’s worth celebrating — even if the team loses.

Heat Nation

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Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.
In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN.  He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.