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On this Thursday, July 9, episode of Sundial:

 

Palm Beach County Schools Fully Remote Learning

 

After a six hour meeting on Wednesday, the Palm Beach County School Board unanimously agreed that classes would resume fully online in August. 

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This post will be updated today, Thursday, June 11, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

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Former Spanish River High Principal William Latson is trying to get his job back.

A Palm Beach County public schools investigator criticized his supervisors’ handling of a high school principal’s explosive Holocaust remarks, calling the district’s decision to fire the principal “problematic.”

South Florida Students And Teachers Return To School After Coronavirus Scare

Jan 31, 2020
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Thirty high school students and three teachers from a Palm Beach County school were given the “all clear” to return to campus after a potential coronavirus scare that started with a visit to Yale University over the weekend.

School officials say the group has not shown any signs of sickness following the four-day conference in Connecticut.

South Florida Students Told To Stay Home After Possible Exposure To Coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020
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Thirty high school students in Palm Beach County have been told to stay home because they may have been exposed to coronavirus at a weekend conference.

The group had attended a Model United Nations event at Yale University in Connecticut that was cut short when the university notified participants that a student from China with a cough and fever had been taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. The Chinese student tested positive for influenza and has been isolated while awaiting test results for coronavirus.

Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach County public schools want to shorten March’s spring break vacation by a day and cancel classes on the day of the March 17 presidential primary. The proposed last-minute changes, little more than three months before the dates in question, ensure that no students will be in class when voters turn out at voting site on public school campuses. To offset the canceled classes on March 17, the school district plans to shorten the spring break by a day, from six days off to five days off. Read more at the

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Last year, the University of Florida announced it would spend $17 million trying to solve some of society's biggest problems through new approaches. One of the winning "moonshot" proposals aims to put a scientist in every Florida school — at least for a visit once a year.

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At Tradewinds Middle School in Greenacres, the spindly leaves of endangered native Florida orchids peek out from where the baby plants are carefully nestled in tree branches.

Cucumbers, strawberries and herbs grow out of halved plastic soda bottles hanging along a fence. The school garden is also home to a special peach tree formulated by the University of Florida to flourish in hot climates.

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders grew most of the plants in their classrooms before transferring them outside on the campus, collecting and analyzing data along the way.

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On a school night, Nicolas Ayala's curfew is usually 9:30 or 10 p.m.

"But on Halloween, it's different," he said.

Ayala, 17, is a junior at Ronald Reagan Senior High School in Doral. On Oct. 31, he usually stays out until 1 or 2 a.m., trick-or-treating and hanging out with his friends.

When Halloween falls during the week, that means a tough next day at school.

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In February, groups of educators from five school districts throughout the state will be visiting classrooms in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, in hopes of learning how to improve teaching throughout Florida.

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UPDATED: Education Reform Now has acknowledged its report was inaccurate and has reissued the report with an apology. Read more here.

South Florida schools with mostly white students are better funded than those with mostly black and Latino students, according to a new report from a national education reform advocacy organization.

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Early-career middle school math teachers in Palm Beach County are beginning an intensive, two-year training program, with the goal of improving instruction, and ultimately, student performance.

STEAM pilot program / Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Updated at 5:00 p.m. to include additional closures.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County public schools will be closed Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian threatens parts of South Florida. 

Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson’s day of reckoning, anxiously awaited by Boca Raton residents and observers across the country who have called for his firing, has been delayed.

The Palm Beach County School District has decided to investigate him further instead of proceeding with a vote that had been scheduled for Wednesday on whether to dismiss him from the school district.

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

It was 1999 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush achieved his biggest priority, the “A-plus plan,” which changed the way we have thought about schools in Florida ever since.

The law said schools should get letter grades so parents could quickly and easily understand how well they were doing. The grades are high stakes now, because if schools perform poorly for long enough the state can force districts to take drastic steps, such as closing them.

Twenty years after the law was passed, the school districts in South Florida have a lot to celebrate.

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