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Back To School; Art Republic; MOCA Jacksonville

A man wearing a mask cleans chairs in a schoolroom.

Schools around the state - including Baker County - are starting to reopen today. 


At the same time, a new report finds Florida’s school districts were prevented by Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration from seeking advice from their county health departments about how or even whether to reopen in-person classrooms. 


Florida Times-Union Education Reporter Emily Bloch joined us with more information.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage


Art Republic

Art Republic Global has transformed Downtown Jacksonville with a series of large, dynamic murals on public buildings. Jessica Santiago, the organization's founder and CEO, joined us with an update on its latest projects.


MOCA Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, will reopen its doors to visitors tomorrow, with two new exhibitions. However, it will be a slightly different experience for visitors than in the past. Caitlin Doherty, Director; and Ylva Rouse, Senior Curator, joined us with details.


Heather Schatz can be reached at or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?