The lawsuit challenges a rule aimed to sharply limit schools’ abilities to enforce students wearing masks
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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.
The meeting came amid the struggle between school districts and the state government on masking in schools as the country grapples with rising Delta variant cases.
Alachua County Public Schools is now temporarily requiring all staff and students to wear masks inside all district facilities regardless of their vaccination status
SEEK, an environmental conference for Florida high school students, was held in Gainesville June 28 to July 1 . SEEK stands for Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge, and the program aims to expose high school students to careers within environmental science.
Alachua County Public Schools students, parents and teachers reflect on a full school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Alachua County Public Schools had 40 students and faculty members in quarantine as of Tuesday evening — a decrease of 45 cases since June 8, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Audrey Cheves and her mother, Melissa Cheves, were hit by a car on Northwest 39th Avenue while driving out of the Publix parking lot June 5. Audrey Cheves was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 18 years old.
The Alachua County Public School superintendent did not renew nine administration members’ contracts, removing them from their positions at the school year’s end.
Alachua County Public Schools had 85 students and faculty members in quarantine as of Tuesday evening — an increase of about 15 cases since June 1, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
At the beginning of the Fall semester, the staff had one outstanding task — documenting a year of Hyflex classes spent wearing masks and on Zoom.
Alachua County Public Schools had 72 students and faculty members in quarantine as of Tuesday evening — an increase of about 20 cases since May 25, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Pamela Bedford, the director of the Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside High School, was nominated as one of four finalists for the American Culinary Federation’s national Chef Educator of the Year Award — an annual recognition of a culinary educator who has led by example to enhance the cooking skills of their students and guide them to success.
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March disrupted daily in-person classes and introduced new safety regulations such as temperature screenings and mask mandates in Alachua County Public Schools. ACPS teachers adjusted to smaller class sizes, instructing on Zoom and changing mask mandates all while trying to ensure students were still learning.
Beginning this summer, masks will be optional indoors on ACPS campuses as well, ACPS Director of Communications Jackie Johnson said. The county will also no longer require temperature checks, but social distancing will still be enforced.
As of Tuesday night, there were seven active student cases and one active staff case, representing students and staff who have reported a positive test result to ACPS in the past 10 days. The district’s total enrollment is 26,660 students.