Alachua County Public Schools saw an increase in the number of new cases from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, after a record number of new cases the week prior. However, these numbers could increase as parents and employees report test results from before the holiday weekend, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said.
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A fire destroyed classrooms at Alachua County public school Sidney Lanier Center on Friday afternoon.
After the first week back, there were 334 new student cases and 55 new staff cases — contributing to a total of 476 reported cases among both groups.
Arambula, a sophomore at Santa Fe High School, died at 16 on Nov. 22.
ACPS hosted the event at Eastside High School instead of the usual venue, Buchholz High School. The change of location was meant to tackle disproportionate success and representation among minority students in Alachua County, College & Career Pathways Director Shannon Ritter said .
The Alachua County School Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to allow parents to opt their students out of masking from Nov. 12 to Dec. 17. The board also voted to make masking completely optional for students of all grade levels after winter break. The decision is consistent with State Department of Education and State Department of Health requirements.
A suspect was arrested Friday in relation to a bomb threat made toward Hawthorne High School last week close to dismissal.
When Craig “Tre’” Smith III realized there were children his age who don’t have easy access to clean water, he set a firm goal to raise funds for those children and began Aug. 16.
This legislation would replace the FSA with three shorter tests administered in the fall, winter and spring. These tests would provide information about students’ growth throughout the year to the students, teachers and parents, fostering improvement opportunities.
Alachua County Public Schools is the first district nationwide to receive federal funding amid state masking-related penaltiesBy Jiselle Lee | Sep. 24, 2021
ACPS is the first school district in the U.S. to receive a grant from the federal government as a part of Project SAFE, a grant program that reimburses school districts for funding withheld by a state government because of mask requirements and other COVID-related protocols.
Buchholz is the largest public school in Alachua County, with more than 2,200 students. The string of recent false bomb threats at the school has led to work disruption, missed class time and curriculum setbacks for the thousands of students, teachers and parents involved.
After a year of Alachua County Public School students having the choice to learn from home, parents now have one less remote option.
Appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Mildred Russell was sworn into the District 2 seat on the Alachua County School Board Aug. 26, replacing former school board member Diyonne McGraw.
The lawsuit challenges a rule aimed to sharply limit schools’ abilities to enforce students wearing masks
The troop is working to reform the ACPS dress-code culture, which members deem unjust and discriminatory against girls
Gregg S. Fissenden jumped from classroom to classroom and shuffled to different Alachua County elementary schools for over 20 years as reports were made against him.
On Aug. 16, students settled into their second week at P.K. Yonge with more than 10 pro-mask demonstrators at the entrance at about 7 a.m. Because the school is affiliated with UF, masks remain optional.
A State Board of Education order gave ACPS and the Broward County School Board 48 hours to comply with statewide guidance to make wearing masks in public schools optional. Although there may be potential losses and consequences, ACPS chose to reject the guidance.