2020 Legislative Session
Primary Election Results
The primary election in Florida was held on August 18th. Please see below for the results:

Executive Order #2020-192
On August 5th, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order #2020-192. Here is a link to the order, and details are below:

Section 1, changes Section 3C of EO-68, which deals with restaurants and bars, among others, which previously read as:

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening and prohibit any employee from entering the restaurant premises if they meet any of the criteria listed below:

  1. Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours; 
  2. Any person showing, presenting signs or symptoms of, or disclosing the presence of a respiratory infection, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat; 
  3. Any person who has been in contact with any person(s) known to be infected with COVID-19, who has not yet tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 14 days;
  4. Any person who traveled through any airport within the past 14 days; or 
  5. Any person who traveled on a cruise ship within the past 14 days. 

And has amended that Section to read as:
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening protocols pursuant to guidance developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Section 2 of the order, rescinds Section 3 of EO-20-139, which reads as follows:

Additional Requirements for Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida Executive Orders 20-80 (Airport Screening and Isolation) and 20-82 (Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida) are extended with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution. This order supersedes Executive Order 20-86.
Census Counting Ends September 30th!
Please continue to push your efforts to have communities fill out the Census. Currently, due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau has decided to shorten their door-to-door efforts to encourage filling out the Census, which will jeopardize accurate numbers, especially in low-income communities.

Find out more here.
Approximately only 61.4% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 59.8% of households in Miami-Dade have responded.

Please reach out your networks and remind them that federal funding for Florida relies on an accurate count. Programs for health care, education, transportation and housing; strategic planning for private and public organizations and representation depend on an accurate count.
A complete and correct count in Florida’s communities help young children thrive because communities will receive their fair share to support programs, such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development.

We continue to urge you to help us spread the word to please complete the 2020 Census at http://2020census.gov/

The Census is safe, it's easy, it's important!
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Welcome Back to School!
The 2020-2021 school year certainly is not starting the way any district anticipated. We hope the transition to a safe & healthy school year is as smooth as possible!
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Make sure you are prepared for this already active Hurricane Season! Here are some tips from The Children's Trust:

Resources During COVID-19
As the state of Florida, along with the rest of the country, reacts to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a snapshot of resources available below:

General Information

  • 211 Helpline Florida - The United Way is aiding those who are affected by COVID-19. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling 2-1-1 24/7 Call 2-1-1, available 24/7

School Aged Resources

Food Assistance

Mental Health

  • Dial 211 for mental health resources in your area

Re-employment assistance

Business and Non-Profit Assistance


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