15 positive cases reported at Brevard County schools in weeks before start of year, union says
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – There were 15 cases of COVID-19 reported at 12 different Brevard County schools in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, the Brevard Federation of Teachers union said. In a news release Monday evening, teachers union officials reported the results of a public records request filed with Brevard Public Schools for the numbers of positive cases among district employees and the school sites where they worked. Between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20, at least 15 school employees were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 at 12 sites throughout the county, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. The release came the same day Brevard County students reported for the first day of class. The state union argued the order ran afoul of a mandate under the Florida Constitution that students are entitled to a “safe” and “secure” learning environment.
Volusia County teachers union say negotiations with district reach ‘deadlock’ in reopening school plans
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Volusia County teachers union announced Tuesday it reached a deadlock in negotiations with the school district, issuing an impasse. VUE’s stance is that the district’s plan is unsafe and threatens the lives of over 3,800 educators represented by the union and the overall community. However, we must reconvene in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety for all,” a union spokesperson wrote in a news release. VUE points to the school district’s mask requirements, saying it is walking back on its policy to make it mandatory. “With students scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Monday, there is no time to allow the district to stall at the bargaining table.”Volusia County begins the school year Aug. 31.
Seminole County schools asks more than 100 people to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. Seminole County Public Schools has asked 102 people to quarantine after coming in contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19, the district said Tuesday. Number of people exposed to COVID-19 at Seminole County schools:Hagerty High School: 11Lake Brantley High School: 18Lawton Elementary School: 21Lyman High School: 26Teague Middle School: 11Wilson Elementary School: 15These reports are in addition to the 51 people across the district asked to self-quarantine last week. Lake Mary Elementary and Lake Brantley High reported the presence of COVID-19 on campus last week. As of Tuesday, Lake Brantley High School has 51 people self-quarantining. The district says by its count, there are 153 people in precautionary quarantine since school started on Aug. 17.
Here’s what the teachers union lawsuit decision means for Central Florida schools
News 6 reached out to local school districts to see if they plan on changing their strategy. Several school districts said they are reviewing the judges order and it’s too early to say. Marion CountyA spokesperson with the Marion County school district pointed to their delayed start date, saying they’ve started the school year two weeks after originally planned. Osceola County“The Osceola School District will continue to offer three options: face-to-face learning, digital learning, and Osceola Virtual School,” a spokesperson said. This story will be updated as more school districts respond.
Pallets of PPE being delivered to Brevard County schools this week
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. Brevard Public Schools shared pictures inside its supply warehouse with pallets of masks, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer and more personal protective equipment that the district said is headed to every school by Friday. The district said to this point, all schools have at least received some of the personal protective equipment and supplies theyve ordered. Fearing the district's supplies might not have made it before the first day, the Brevard County teachers union said it ordered its own PPE for teachers. "Because our teachers need it now," Brevard Federation of Teachers Second Vice President Jonathan Hilliard said. pic.twitter.com/8ayhUwp0Ig Brevard Schools (@BrevardSchools) August 18, 2020Sealed with their names, inside envelopes at the union's offices in Rockledge were 500 masks for teachers like Lucha Hunt.
Back-to-school sales tax holiday is still on in Florida amid COVID-19 pandemic
Back-to-school sales tax holiday is still on in Florida amid COVID-19 pandemicPublished: August 6, 2020, 9:32 amWhether your child will be returning to the classroom in person this fall or not, WPLG reports Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday will allow you to save some money next month.
Meet the panelists for the Reopening Schools: Your Questions Answered town hall
Seminole County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Walt GriffinSeminole County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin (Courtesy)Dr. Walt Griffin began his career in academics as an algebra teacher and from there, worked his way up through serving as assistant principal, principal, and executive director before being appointed to his superintendent position in 2012. Orange County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Barbara JenkinsOrange County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins (Courtesy)Dr. Barbara Jenkins has been in the education realm for 30 years, including the eight years she’s spent as Orange County Public Schools superintendent. She worked at Community Health Centers of Central Florida prior to opening her own practice. Osceola County School Board chairman Kelvin SotoOsceola County School Board chairman Kelvin Soto (Courtesy)Kelvin Soto was elected to the Osceola County School Board to represent District 2 in 2012 and currently serves as the chairman. He studied law at the University of California, Berkeley then came to Central Florida with the goal of helping those who need it the most.
Osceola County teachers raise their voices in drive-by protest
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – With just a few weeks away from the start of the new school year in Osceola County, dozens of teachers and parents raised their concerns with a drive-by protest in front of the administrative building for the school district of Osceola County. “(I feel) anxiety, anxiety...to say the least,” Tamika Lyles, an Osceola County teacher said. “Are the teachers gonna be notified, are the parents gonna be notified when there is a positive case inside our classrooms?” she asked. Osceola County School board already pushed back the date to Aug. 24. According to the county school board, one of those days will be dedicated to new safety protocols.