Emergency rule: Students exposed to COVID no longer required to quarantine

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The Florida Department of Health has issued a new emergency rule declaring that parents now have a choice whether to quarantine a child who has been exposed...

WHILE WE WERE DEBATING MASKING, A 1/4 BILLION DOLLAR SCHOOL BUDGET QUIETLY PASSED

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The last school board meeting on Sept. 7 was almost four hours long, with three hours of it taken up with debating the finer points of whether...

SCHOOL MASK OPT-OUT IS UPHELD AFTER TENSE EXCHANGE ON BOARD

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On Sept. 7, the school board, district staff, health officials and the public sat together through another tense four-hour meeting. At least three hours were devoted to...

STUDENTS EXPLORE THE DEPTHS & BAY IN NEW FIU PROGRAMS

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Inside Monroe County classrooms, students will take their learning beneath the depths as they explore the world’s only underwater research and education laboratory. Through data collected by...

LET’S GIVE A HEARTY WELCOME TO THE NEW TEACHERS OF MARATHON MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL

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For the 2021-22 school year, the Middle Keys has fresh recruits to teach our public school students. We thought you’d like to meet a few of our...

MASK OPT-OUT GRANTED – SCHOOL BOARD REJECTS HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVICE

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On Aug. 24, after an almost four-hour school board meeting during which citizens passionately spoke both for and against the district’s current mask mandate — and after...

QUARANTINED VS ABSENT: HEALTH DEPARTMENT CANNOT SAY HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE QUARANTINED

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There are currently 105 students infected with COVID-19 in the first three weeks of school. Students are being exposed, however. There are reports of up to 50...

MEET THE NEW KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LARRY SCHMIEGEL

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This isn’t Larry Schmiegel’s first rodeo.  The new Key West High School principal may have come most recently from Poinciana Elementary School, but he’s no stranger to the...

SCHOOL BOARD: SLUMP IN TEST SCORES WAS EXPECTED POST COVID

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The state has released its 2020-21 school year standardized test scores, and they are down for all Monroe County grades, according to a presentation from Dave Murphy,...

MEET THE TEACHER: GET TO KNOW 5 NEW UPPER KEYS FACES

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For the 2021-22 school year, the Upper Keys has fresh recruits to teach our public school students. We thought you’d like to meet a few of our...
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