Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's not just a school rumor. Pinellas County Schools will end the practice.
You can almost hear the collective groan in Clearwater classrooms: There will be no more early release days at Pinellas County schools. Starting next school year, the early dismissals on Wednesdays will go away. Pinellas County Schools posted the announcement on its website, along with a listing of bell schedules for campuses across the district. To find out the bell schedules for individual schools, just visit the district’s website. “The new school bell times for 2013-14 reflect minimal changes,” district officials said on the website. “However, next school year, schools will not have early-release Wednesdays.” Students end this school year on Wednesday, June 5. Get the Clearwater Patch newsletter delivered to your email.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A district review of dropout prevention and alternative education programs showed there was room for improvement. Plans are also in the works to revamp programs that target kids who are chronically disruptive in classrooms.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time is running out for Pinellas County residents who want to obtain their GED using Florida’s old version of the test.
Clearwater residents who plan to get their GEDs might want to act soon before the state changes the test and its associated fees. The state’s current 2002 Series GED test runs its course at the end of 2013. Starting in January 2014, students will have to take the new, more costly 2014 GED test if they want to gain their high school credentials through this alternative means. Students who have taken the current version of the test but failed to pass all five parts need to sign up for retakes before 2013 ends, too. Those who don’t will find themselves having to take the entire 2014 test and pay the higher fees, according the Florida Department of Education’s website. It currently costs $70 for nonstudents in Pinellas to take the GED. The new…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
To make life easier for the parents in Clearwater, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County high schools.
Sunday, January 27
To make life easier for the parents in Clearwater, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County elementary schools.
Sunday, January 27
To make life easier for the parents in Clearwater, we publish the latest menus for Pinellas County middle schools.
Sunday, January 27
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Pinellas School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors who would evaluate students identified as potential security risks and make sure they get treatment, TBO.com reports.
The Pinellas County School Board is considering hiring mental health counselors to evaluate students identified as potential security risks in an attempt to keep schools safer in the wake of the recent Connecticut shootings, TBO.com reports. Board member Renee Flowers, who floated the proposal at a board workshop Tuesday, told the news site the counselors would talk to students identified by school guidance counselors and follow up to be sure they get help if needed. The board has asked the school district to review its policies to see if such a proposal is possible, TBO reports. Flowers said officials would still need to figure out how to cover the cost for students who aren't covered by insurance, and that parents would need to give …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The application period to enroll your student at a magnet, fundamental or career academy program is Wednesday, Jan. 23. Pinellas County Schools is offering hands-on help all day Tuesday at its central office in Largo.
Tuesday, January 22
Parents, the deadline to submit applications to get your child into a Pinellas County magnet, fundamental or career academy program is Wednesday. The school district is offering hands-on help all day Tuesday for parents who may need assistance, according to a Pinellas County Schools news release. Drop by the Pinellas County Schools' Student Assignment Office, 301 4th St SW, Largo, between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents may also call the office at 727-588-6210. For more information visit the Pinellas County Schools website at www.pcsb.org.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Public schools in Clearwater are closed Friday for a Teacher Work Day and again on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Thursday, January 17
Clearwater students can enjoy a four-day weekend leading up to Monday's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All of Pinellas County's public schools are closed Friday, Jan. 18, for a Teacher Work Day, and closed again Monday, Jan. 22, for the national holiday, according to the district calendar. Classes resume Tuesday for the start of the second semester. See the district's online calendar for the rest of the 2013 holiday schedule.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Belleair Elementary School was placed on lockdown at 12:20pm as a precaution following a report of an armed subject in the area.
Belleair Elementary School was placed on lockdown at 12:20pm as a precaution following a report of an armed subject in the area. A man involved in a domestic related incident called Clearwater Police after two men chased him. The man thought he saw that one of them had a gun and felt threatened said Elizabeth Watts, police spokeswoman. "No one was trying to get on campus or do harm to little children," Watts said. UPDATE: The lockdown at Belleair Elementary School was lifted around 12:51 p.m., according to Clearwater Police. "It is believed the suspect fled the area in a vehicle," according to Clearwater Police. "It has not been determined if the suspect was actually armed or why he was chasing the victim." No one was hurt. Belleair …