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LARGO — Eleven Pinellas County schools will be getting new principals as their previous leaders retire, resign or move to new assignments. The School Board approved the moves in its consent agenda May 10.

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LARGO — Pinellas County Schools is celebrating another record-high graduation rate for the 2020-2021 school year, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report released by the Florida Department of Education, the Pinellas County Schools graduation rate ros…

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LARGO — Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego has announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year with his last day being July 1. Grego has served in public education in the state of Florida for 42 years, with the last 10 of his career as superinten…

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LARGO — More than three dozen seniors from Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School in Seminole took part in the Seminole magnet school’s first ever graduation ceremony, held in the Largo High School auditorium on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

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Clearwater High School seniors took the next step of their academic career June 4 after commencement ceremonies took place at BayCare Ballpark.

LARGO — After finishing the 2019-2020 school year with kids at home staring at monitors and teachers speaking into microphones and cameras, officials from the state Capitol to local boardrooms were eager to reopen schools in the fall of 2020.

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The Pinellas County School Board formally adopted a mandate Nov. 10 that will be reviewed every three months and require the continued use of face masks on all district campuses; but it came following a contentious public comment period where some parents labeled members and district officials as child abusers.

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LARGO — Pinellas County Schools has announced the district will provide free meals and snacks for all children in the county — whether enrolled in school or not.

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LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members are expected to vote on a proposed rule that would require face masks or coverings to be worn at all times on school campuses, buses, administrative buildings, and at all district-sponsored events or activities.

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LARGO — District officials apologized last week for the wording of an email sent to teachers during a meeting of the Pinellas County School Board on Sept. 22.

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Plato Academy Palm Harbor, a charter school, has reopened after a brief shutdown after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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LARGO — With the first month of school having passed, nearly 100 Pinellas County Schools students and staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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When Nancy Velardi met with Pinellas County School officials last week, she hoped an agreement about the controversial practice of simultaneous teaching could be reached. She left disappointed. “We did not see eye-to-eye,” said Velardi, who is president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.

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"These teachers are being expected to do multiple teachers jobs, be tech support, the janitor, mask police and more," said parent Amanda Loeffler. "The expectations put on them is just ridiculous. It's creating an unsafe, unhealthy and inequitable learning environment and work environment."

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Pinellas County Schools on Tuesday reported that eight more employees and three more students tested positive for COVID-19 between Saturday and Monday. Since the first day of school, four teachers have retired, 18 have resigned and 36 have taken a leave of absence, according to the school district.

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Whether it was in a traditional classroom or a virtual one, Pinellas County students headed back to school on Monday. The day started early, with normal first-day hiccups — nervous newbies, technical glitches and long lines during drop-off and pickup. By the end of the day, district officials announced that three students and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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A Leon County judge has ruled in favor of the state’s largest teachers’ union, which has challenged Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s executive order that required brick-and-mortar schools to reopen this month.

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While the debate continues about kids returning to class in a few weeks, very few are likely to argue over saving a little money during the Back-to-School Tax Holiday from Friday, Aug. 7-Sunday, Aug. 9.

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