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The massive health effort behind getting kids back to school in an era of coronavirus


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The massive health effort behind getting kids back to school in an era of coronavirus

| 6/18/2020

The massive health effort behind getting kids back to school in an era of coronavirus

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees told Florida pediatricians the new coronavirus inevitably will make its way into public schools this fall, but said he and his team are working on a plan to respond quickly when an outbreak occurs. The first look into the Florida Department of Health’s plan for safe schools re-opening shows health officials have a full-scale effort underway to prepare for COVID-19 within schools by creating areas to isolate sick children, hiring contact tracers to identify homes with sick parents, and forming response teams to identify exposed students and arrange testing. [Source: ]

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› Remote learning in Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County officials say they were able to quickly transition to remote learning largely because of a $1.2-billion bond referendum, approved in 2012, which allowed the school district to upgrade school infrastructure and technology.

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A two-year process to consolidate the University of South Florida “system” into a single university has cleared its last major hurdle. The school announced Friday that its consolidation plan has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an accrediting organization whose input was required under state law in order for the change to go through.

› South Florida universities plan to go remote after Thanksgiving
College students often go home for Thanksgiving and return to their campuses for finals. That won’t happen this year, at least not at the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. Both universities have decided to bring students back to campus in August but go remote after Thanksgiving break in an effort to limit possible transmission of the coronavirus.

› College athletes in Florida can get paid for use of name, image, and likeness starting next year
College athletes in Florida will be able to make money for the use of their name, image, and likeness starting next year. Speaking at the University of Miami in Coral Gables on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said it's an "important thing" for college athletes to receive compensation. "I viewed it as something that was a matter of fairness," DeSantis said. The governor said athletes can begin getting paid for the use of their likeness starting in July of 2021.

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