Education

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.

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.

El Nuevo Herald file

UPDATED: This story was updated with new information at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12.

Three major South Florida universities are moving classes online temporarily in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The decisions will affect tens of thousands of students and represent one of the most significant disruptions to daily life in South Florida since the global pandemic began.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Forty-five million.

That’s how many plastic straws Miami-Dade County Public Schools was sending to landfills every school year, according to estimates by administrators.

This school year, that number is zero.

Starting last August, the district eliminated plastic straws from the utensil packets distributed during breakfasts, lunches and after-school meals. Now, students get sporks and napkins, and those who need straws can ask for the paper variety.

dadeschools.net

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is surveying families about their technology needs in case the district has to close some or all campuses because of an outbreak of the coronavirus, a potential emergency that could force students to continue their classwork online at home.

Maria Esquinca

Hundreds of people attended the 2nd annual Miami Youth Climate Summit at Florida International University this weekend. 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

At least fourteen people have applied to be Miami Dade College’s next president so far during a revamped search process, including the school’s current chief academic officer, who is the only candidate held over from the original pool of finalists.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Dozens of Miami Dade College faculty members marched along Killian Parkway outside the Kendall Campus Thursday morning, some carrying a wooden coffin and others holding signs shaped like headstones.

“Rest in peace: Here lies the integrity of the presidential search,” education professor Jasmine Diaz said, reading her sign.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A new school in Doral for kindergartners through eighth graders needs a name, and a local teen offered one idea: Andrea Castillo K-8 Center.

Andrea Castillo is the late daughter of Miami-Dade school board member Susie Castillo, who represents a western section of the county including Doral and Miami Springs. Andrea died in a car accident in 2012, shortly after her mother was first elected to the position. She was 21.

Fort Lauderdale Plans Crackdown On Homeless To Keep Them Away From Kids

Mar 3, 2020
Carline Jean / Sun Sentinel

The city that’s made a series of missteps over the years in attempting to corral the homeless has come up with a new way to protect its youngest residents from seeing things that their parents might not want them to see.

Homeless people would not be able to set up camp within 1,000 feet of a school or child care facility under a new law being considered by Fort Lauderdale.

The ordinance, which is up for a commission vote Tuesday, defines camping as dwelling temporarily on a sidewalk, alley or other public space while eating, sleeping or storing personal possessions.

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