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Florida's public universities to plan for campus reopenings this fall


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Florida's public universities to plan for campus reopenings this fall

| 5/21/2020

Florida's public universities to plan for campus reopenings this fall

Florida’s public university campuses will reopen in the fall, state higher education leaders announced Monday, but details won’t be known until later. Some specifics will be discussed May 28 at the State University System’s Board of Governors meeting, where a task force will present guidelines for reopening. Representatives from each of the 12 schools in the system will share individual plans about a month later, on June 23. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times and the Center Square.

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› Coronavirus sends 7 Florida schools to Gainesville Raceway for graduation
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› Challengers hang tight in uphill battle for Pasco superintendent job
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› Florida Gateway College reopens to students
Florida Gateway College has reopened for students, as part of the next step to their phased reopening. Staff was able to return to campus last week. All summer classes will continue online for students, but the campus is open again for students to meet with advisors, financial aid, and use the library or other resources.

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