School Districts Expect Bumpy Transition To Online Learning — And Warn It Could Last Until Summer
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.
How Miami-Dade Teachers Are Learning To Balance Home Life With Online Classes
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.
Florida Public Schools Prepare For Two-Week Closure To Combat Coronavirus Spread
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.
Spork? Check. Napkin? Check. But No More Plastic Straws In Miami-Dade School Cafeterias
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. It’s one in a series of steps the nation’s fourth largest school district has taken to become more environmentally sustainable. With 345,000 students and 40,000 employees, simple policy changes can make a big difference. Five years ago, the district swapped out polystyrene foam lunch trays for compostable paper plates. After that, a high school student from MAST Academy started a petition to get plastic straws out of cafeterias. “This was student-driven,” said Penny Parham, an administrator with the district’s food and nutrition department.
'Death of Transparency': Miami Dade Faculty Take Aim At Presidential Search With Coffin, Headstones
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.