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.
SEMINOLE — Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School principal Martha Giancola had only been on the job for a few weeks when Hurricane Irma blew onto campus and blew away a barn used by students studying in the veterinary science program.
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.
PALM HARBOR — During a visit to Palm Harbor University High School on March 31, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a proposal to provide $1,000 bonuses to public school principals and full-time classroom teachers.
ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College has been sued for negligence for what the lawsuit said was failure to control access to the campus that led to the rape of a student by an off-campus intruder.
LARGO — In a world left in the shadows of coronavirus, one little boy’s story has proven to be a silver lining for teachers and students at Anona Elementary in Largo.
PINELLAS COUNTY — As Tropical Storm Eta inches its way closer to Pinellas County, local school officials have decided to dismiss students early today and to cancel all classes through Thursday night.
LARGO — November ushered in an increase in COVID-19 cases in Pinellas County Schools, with a total of 65 new cases reported. Of that number, 36 students and 29 staff members reported a positive case.
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.
LARGO — Last week, nearly 14,000 students returned to Pinellas County Schools classrooms, and nearly 1,000 moved to online learning.
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.
LARGO — The new school year has brought a variety of hurdles for teachers and students to navigate — masks, socially-distanced classrooms and virtual learning, just to name a few.
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.
LARGO — Pinellas County Schools officials are urging families that are currently enrolled in the MyPCS learning option to continue with the platform for the rest of the semester, in an effort to gradually reintroduce students to the traditional classroom.
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.
"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."
Pinellas County Schools announced Thursday that four students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and that students in 14 classrooms and one bus have been quarantined.
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.
"The stress levels of our teachers is out of this world," Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association President Nancy Velardi said. Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman says district is not considering closing traditional classrooms and going to a fully virtual platform.
Osceola Middle School and Walter Pownall Service Center each had one employee test positive. Six classrooms at Osceola Middle School have been quarantined due to the potential exposure; there were no quarantine orders issued at Walter Pownall Service Center.
Pinellas County Schools has announced an additional three students have tested positive for COVID-19. Those students include one each at Clearwater High School, Carwise Middle School and Pinellas Academy of Math and Science.
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.
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.
With the start of school less than a week away, there are still questions surrounding the safety of students and teachers in a classroom setting that is overshadowed by the looming threat of the coronavirus.
Any hopes parents may have had about a virtual-only learning model to start the school year were dashed Aug. 11 when Pinellas County School Board officials failed to join Hillsborough County in its bid to delay in-person classes.
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.
CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Public Library System will offer free backpacks, books and school supplies for students in grades kindergarten through 12.
The School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to push back the district's school start date to Monday, Aug. 24. Superintendent Michael Grego also announced that 63.5% of parents have opted to return their children to the traditional classroom and 36.5% have signed up for virtual learning.
CLEARWATER — The Pinellas Education Foundation has partnered with Westfield Countryside to support the Stuff the Bus school supplies drive. The monthlong initiative benefiting Pinellas County Schools’ students in need will take place at the shopping center from July 15 to Aug. 15 and also wi…
ST. PETERSBURG — Bishop Gregory Parkes recently announced that opening day for parish and diocesan Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will be postponed for two weeks, from Aug. 10 to Aug. 24.
LARGO — Pinellas County parents will have the opportunity to question school officials about student learning options for the upcoming school year tonight during a virtual reopening town hall meeting set for 6 p.m.
As coronavirus cases soar throughout the state, Superintendent Michael Grego has recommended that the Pinellas County School Board delay the start of school until Aug. 24.
ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist recently released a statement announcing the United States Coast Guard will soon be establishing a Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program in Pinellas Park High School.
Masks, masks and even more masks. That’s the message Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego stressed during a special presentation of the district’s reopening plan July 14 during a workshop with School Board members.
LARGO — When students return to the classroom next month, the landscape of campus life will be much different, according to a draft copy of a Return to School plan that Pinellas County Schools unveiled July 9.
There was little pomp and plenty of unusual circumstances surrounding the first of 16 graduation ceremonies for Pinellas County high schools July 7 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater.
TAMPA — The University of South Florida officially began operating under a single accreditation for the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses on July 1.
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran on Monday issued an executive order requiring all public and charter schools to reopen in August.
EAST LAKE — On a recent mid-June morning, small groups of prospective East Lake High School football players gathered at the Eagles’ field, but there were no group huddles to be seen, no cracking of pads or clanging of weights to be heard and not a football in sight.
LARGO — Pinellas County Schools announced June 17 that it would hold in-person graduations at Spectrum Field in Clearwater on July 7-10.