Education

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.

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

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.

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

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.

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