Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Taking attendance is no longer as simple as recording a student as “present” or “absent” in class, with schools closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus and instruction being delivered online for the near future.

With most schools closed nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute.

The poll of 849 teenagers, by Common Sense Media, conducted with SurveyMonkey, found that as schools across the country transition to some form of online learning, 41% of teenagers overall, including 47% of public school students, say they haven't attended a single online or virtual class.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

The president of a national union representing teachers and nurses argues Gov. Ron DeSantis has mishandled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by sending mixed messages about whether schools should be closed and waiting to issue a statewide order instructing residents to stay at home.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

South Florida's largest public school districts have announced they are extending campus closures by another two weeks or more.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Thousands of parents are now working from home and are also trying to teach their kids at the same time.  That has made for some sweet moments, frustration, and full-on meltdowns. Many parents are trying to figure it out how to balance it all—if that’s even possible. 

WLRN reporter Nadege Green is a single mom of two boys. She takes us into her home and with her 8-year old Noah and 6-year old Jacob. 

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

The Florida Keys public school district’s website homepage features a video message from the superintendent with the title: “Welcome Back to School.”

But it’s not August, and classrooms will remain empty for the foreseeable future.

Courtesy of Alexandra Chace

Alexandra Chace helped her students’ parents learn how to log on to their children’s online education portals. She worried, though, they might not be able to do it again once they got home.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

State and local government officials and nonprofits are working to prevent South Florida children from going hungry while public schools are closed through at least May 1 in a sweeping attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Joan Marcus

The coronavirus has upended daily life, shutting down most large events and public spaces, including the theater.

Broadway singer Laura Benanti, who's known for her Tony-award winning role in the 2008 revival of "Gypsy," recently tweeted about the impact the closures would have on high school students, many of whom had planned to perform upcoming musicals.

"As I know for so many of us, I know for me, my high school musical was like a life saver,” she said on Twitter.

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UPDATED: This story was updated at noon on Sunday, March 15.

Millions of Florida children won’t go to public schools for the next two weeks, after the state Department of Education recommended sweeping closures in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

A Miami-Dade County public school is closing until further notice after students interacted with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the school district announced overnight.

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South Florida’s large community colleges are canceling classes and preparing to transition to online learning, after facing criticism from students for not initally following other higher education institutions’ lead amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.

NBC 6 South Florida

Broward County Public Schools is suspending all after-school activities starting Monday, including athletic practices and games, as part of the district’s response to the spread of coronavirus.

Superintendent Robert Runcie said his goal is to keep schools open as long as possible.

“Look, closing a school or an entire district has enormous ramifications,” Runcie said during a Thursday afternoon news conference at the district’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Miami Herald file

Miami Dade College is closing its medical campus indefinitely after discovering that a visitor who attended a recent event there has tested positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

The medical campus is located at 950 NW 2oth St. in Miami, near Jackson Memorial Hospital. The college has also canceled events at all of its campuses.