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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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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.

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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.

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After a long wait because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pinellas County high school seniors finally get the chance to celebrate their graduations.

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg College has released its preliminary “comeback plan” and guidelines for the Fall 2020 Term.

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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.

Kayla Drennen of Seminole was named to the Tallahassee Community College spring 2020 President's List.

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LARGO — Citing the need to protect the safety of students, Pinellas County School Board unanimously approved a request on April 14 to initiate a lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors and sellers of electronic cigarettes and vaping products.

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