Education

Student Scoop: Locals learn socially distance college

Student Scoop: Locals learn socially distance college

Hayden Steele When Hayden Steele decided to enroll at Florida State University, she did not expect to be attending Zoom meetings for her full online schedule. But that is the unfortunate reality facing college students in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hayden, whose family lives in Navarre, graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School […]

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Miniature American flags covered the front lawn of Navarre High School Friday morning, each one placed by Navarre Navy JROTC cadets in the pre-dawn hours of a humid September day. There were 2,977 flags in all, each representing a life lost on the tragedy-filled day of Sept. 11, 2001. Two planes crashed into the Twin […]

American Founders Month

American Founders Month

September is American Founders Month, a month designated to celebrate the men and women who helped form the United States through their writings and work. They were the voices that led our fledgling country to revolution and out the other side to create a government directed by the people. In 1776, England and its 13 […]

COVID-19 impacts return to college life

COVID-19 impacts return to college life

Colleges in Northwest Florida are adjusting to their first fall semester affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools such as University of West Florida and Florida State University have shifted the majority of their classes to online courses. Zoom meetings have become the new norm for professors holding class online. This can present problems if the […]

The making of a hurricane

The making of a hurricane

For the first time in recorded history, two hurricanes were in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time in August, and they both headed for the coast of Louisiana. While Marco was downgraded to a tropical storm before landfall, Laura reached category 4 hurricane status before striking the western Louisiana coast. Read the full […]

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

With students returning to classrooms throughout most of the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and an adviser to President Donald Trump on Monday tried to bolster support for offering in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Atlas, a physician and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said during a news conference with DeSantis that […]

New school year, new rules

New school year, new rules

School administrators in North Paulding, Georgia faced COVID-19 infection of several students and faculty members that forced a temporary shutdown of in-person learning earlier this month. Shortly before news of the outbreak, students posted images of a crowded hallway where social distancing was impossible. Few students appeared to be wearing face coverings. The images bear […]

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

More than 160 teachers in Santa Rosa County have been displaced from the traditional classroom by COVID-19. Of those brick and mortar layoffs, 80 will no longer be employed by the district at all. The rest are being reassigned for virtual and remote learning assignments, allowing students to be educated outside the traditional classroom. “My […]

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

As children throughout Florida return to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Leon County circuit judge on Thursday fast-tracked lawsuits challenging Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s mandate that districts reopen brick-and-mortar schools this month. Corcoran’s July 6 emergency order requires schools outside of South Florida to reopen five days a week in August and offer “the […]

Stuff the Bus campaign extended to mid-August

Stuff the Bus campaign extended to mid-August

Escambia and Santa Rosa counties’ only School District-approved supply drive, launched July 6, has been extended to Aug 14. Stuff the Bus works to ensure that local students have the tools needed to succeed for the upcoming school year. In 2019, the community united to distributed nearly 1,200 stuffed backpacks to students in Santa Rosa […]

Back-to-School Tax holiday set for this weekend

Back-to-School Tax holiday set for this weekend

The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies […]

UWF offers new micro-internship program

UWF offers new micro-internship program

The University of West Florida’s (UWF) Office of Career Development and Community Engagement has partnered with Parker Dewey to help students and alumni gain meaningful job experience and launch their careers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Parker Dewey offers a platform to connect current students with employers to complete micro-internships, which are paid assignments similar […]

School district extends deadline for learning options

School district extends deadline for learning options

The Santa Rosa County School District is extending the deadline for parents to select a learning option for the 2020-21 school year. Originally set for Aug. 3, the deadline has now been pushed to Aug. 7. Parents can select a learning option for their students by visiting www.santarosa.k12.fl.us. Any parent needing assistance with the selection […]

NJROTC preparing to adapt, overcome during pandemic

NJROTC preparing to adapt, overcome during pandemic

Navarre NJROTC instructor Captain Michael Fisher knows this year things are going be different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no camp for new cadets earlier this summer out of concerns over safety and the typical activities that cadets take part in during a typical school year won’t look the same. The camp decision […]

Santa Rosa County coach Joe Austin loses battle with COVID-19

Santa Rosa County coach Joe Austin loses battle with COVID-19

Milton High School track and field coach Joe Austin passed away Sunday night, after his intensive battle with COVID-19. Austin was currently the Dean of Students at Martin Luther King Middle School in Milton and will be dearly missed by all his students and athletes. Known for his dedication and big heart for his students, […]

Masks ‘highly encouraged’ at school

Masks ‘highly encouraged’ at school

Most health professionals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that masking in crowded public spaces helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. In several Florida school districts, including hard hit areas like Miami-Dade and Broward, masking will be required for students when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible. Santa Rosa County […]

Santa Rosa parents petition for distance learning option

Santa Rosa parents petition for distance learning option

In Santa Rosa County Public Schools, there are two options for parents come Aug. 10. Either students attend brick and mortar school buildings, where officials have admitted social distancing due to COVID-19 will be impossible and masks will not be required. Or the student is pulled from their district school and enrolled in Santa Rosa […]

Investigation clears four Pace High teachers of wrongdoing

Investigation clears four Pace High teachers of wrongdoing

Four teachers from Pace High School under investigation for misconduct in Santa Rosa County have been cleared according to Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “We found no findings, no validity, no issues to move forward with,” he said, of the teachers. According to Wyrosdick, these allegations sparked from hundreds of complaints in response to the racially charged […]

Stuff the Bus for students in need

Stuff the Bus for students in need

Escambia and Santa Rosa counties’ only school district-approved supply drive kicks off this month. Stuff the Bus works to ensure that local students have the tools needed to succeed for the upcoming school year.  The program is a partnership between Cat County 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3, Escambia County School District, Santa Rosa County School District, Pensacola […]

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

Five Pace High teachers under investigation

It started with a post about race on Facebook and has escalated into a full-blown investigation into potential misconduct by teachers at Pace High School, including the teacher that posted. Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously approved June 18 placing five teachers at Pace High School on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted into […]

5 things to know: Getting school back in session

5 things to know: Getting school back in session

State officials have published their recommendations for returning to school after COVID-19 pandemic closures, and now Santa Rosa County School District’s task force has published recommendations. The School Board approved the plans June 18, and now the work begins at the individual school level to determine how best to implement these plans. Read the full […]

Back to school will be in-person

Back to school will be in-person

State officials issued a plan June 11 to get schools back in session in-person starting in August, and there are some big differences in how schools might operate. Under the plan, cafeterias may close for meals, instead functioning as learning spaces. And school days could be split into two rotations of attendance to allow more […]

Lessons learned from nontraditional finish to school year

Lessons learned from nontraditional finish to school year

When schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy was well prepared for the uncertainty ahead. Remote learning became the route education took, and it’s something Lighthouse had already been using in addition to the traditional mode of learning. Now that Lighthouse founder and superintendent Joanna Johannes has had a […]

Drive-by party celebrates eighth graders

Drive-by party celebrates eighth graders

Graduating eighth grade and entering high school is a milestone worth commemorating, worldwide pandemic or not. Faculty and staff of Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) decided to send the eighth-grade class off with a bang Thursday night.   Read the full article in the June 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options –or […]

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