Saturday, August 15, 2020
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., release a message on Thursday, calling on Democrats to stop playing politics and reach a compromise with Republicans on another coronavirus relief package.
A number of school districts that launched in-person instruction this week and many more that are planning to open up over the next few weeks.
The funds come through Student Support Services Program (SSS) grants, part of the federal TRIO program, and will be used to “help low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students.”
Rubio’s proposal is based on a review of protocols created by states, youth sports organizations, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with guidance from leading public health authorities and experts. The letter follows a conversation the senator and governor had on the subject on Wednesday. The letter was sent on Thursday.
Specifically, the Directive permits schools to conduct fire drills in phases and assemble students in alternate mustering areas, as necessary to promote social distancing. The additional flexibility provided by this Directive will help students and educators practice fire safety protocols while minimizing infection risks associated with large gatherings.
“The challenge before us is about a lot more than just the fear of catching a disease. We had to cancel weddings. We couldn’t hold funerals. High school seniors had no prom, no senior trip, no graduation ceremony.
In June, Florida Education Association (FEA) President Fedrick Ingram, who chaired the union’s Statewide Committee to Safely Reopen Public Schools, laid out his group’s game plan for schools to safely reopen this summer.
The bill, which covers Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-HUD funding, cleared the House on a 217-197 vote as 12 Democrats joined every Republican and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., in voting against it. 
Last summer, USF beat out more than 50 applicants across the nation for $7.5 million in federal funds which will be used for “advancing research and education programs that address the nation’s critical transportation challenges.”