The Duval County Public Schools district will no longer require masks for the upcoming school year. The school board surveyed 28,685 parents, students, and community members, and says that its decision came down to a combination of CDC input, survey results, and guidance from local health officials.
In addition to no longer requiring face masks, the district is pulling back on other COVID-19 protocols, such as desk shields, temperature checks, and the use of Duval HomeRoom, which is a platform that the district has been using for distance learning. The roll back of mask requirements and coronavirus protocols is a polarizing one, as children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccines.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, Professor and Chief Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics, University of Florida - Jacksonville, and President International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, called in to discuss the decision.
For the average student, college is a challenge, but for a teen mom, it’s unfathomable. Nicole Lynn Lewis is a former teen mother who attended The College of William and Mary with a newborn daughter in tow. Lewis’ new book, Pregnant Girl, covers her experience attending college as a teen mother, and calls for a better future for other young mothers.
Lewis joined us to discuss her new book.
80 female students at Bartram Trail High School had their yearbook photos digitally edited without their consent for “modesty.” The photos were altered to cover up their shoulders and chests, whereas some male students were pictured wearing speedos and their photos received no edits.
University of Miami Coral Reefs
The University of Miami has found a new way to breed coral. The UM researchers are using experimental techniques involving collecting the eggs and sperm from corals to breed more and make them more resistant to climate change.
What’s Good Wednesdays
- The Women's Giving Alliance celebrated their 20th Anniversary by donating $587,500 in grants to 10 different nonprofits in Northeast Florida.
- Vystar Credit Union and Goodwill of North Florida have joined forces to support the Kid's Hope Alliance Mayor's Youth at Work Partnership. The program will provide 200 local students paid internships.
- UNF's LGBTQ Center is hosting a drag brunch on June 6 with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 winner Trinity the Tuck. The brunch is being held June 6 at the Jacksonville Main Public Library from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
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