Incoming superintendent talks graduation, summer programs and support

Education never ends

Parents, you’re not alone. 

You’re not the only one confused about how schools are teaching math these days. You’re not the only one who can’t remember how to multiply fractions, find a lowest common denominator. or identify all the adverbs in a paragraph. (Hint: They often end in -ly, although “often” is also an adverb.) 

Many parents also are dealing with new technology, webcams, downloaded apps, class codes and a host of new usernames and passwords. That all got a lot more real on April 19 when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida public schools will not reopen physical classrooms for the rest of the school year.

Your kids’ teachers — and the Monroe County School District — understand all these concerns and they’re doing whatever they can to help parents help their students who will spend the remainder of the school year in online classrooms, which often double as kitchen tables. 

“We understand the situation that many parents are in and I truly feel badly for them. It’s been a rude awakening for many parents,” said incoming Superintendent Terri Axford, who also remains the school district’s executive director of teaching & learning until Superintendent Mark Porter finishes his contract in August. “We’re doing the best we can to be kind, understanding and flexible throughout this pandemic.”The Monroe County School District has compiled a host of online resources for parents and students that are accessible via the COVID-19 tab at keysschools.com. Support groups for both teachers and parents recently launched through Google Classroom to help both groups understand they’re not alone in their struggles to adapt to online learning.

Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.