POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County is opening up its doors to students once again as the new school year is upon them.
The Broward Education Foundation teamed up with Office Depot to make sure students have the supplies they need for this upcoming semester which starts on Tuesday.
Markham Elementary School is hosting a backpack donation event for students and parents at 11:45 a.m., Monday.
As children and adults prepare for the academics ahead, the school district struggles with a shortage of 150 teachers.
Superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright, who is in her first full year as the head of schools, discussed her plan just last Wednesday.
“There’s possibly going to be some of our teachers who are here at the district office having to go in and fill those vacancies until we can officially find the final teacher for the students,” said Cartwright.
A new alert system will replace the Code Red measure that was once common in public schools. This decision came after many school shootings broke out this year alone.
The color coding was confusing for many in the past, so clear instructions such as hold, secure and lockdown are now easily readable on a yellow pamphlet that will be accessible throughout the school.
BSO helped prepare for the new school year with active shooter training drills.
The Miami-Dade Police Department also had an active shooter drill on August 3.
Miami-Dade will open its doors to students on Wednesday with a new superintendent.
“This is a building relationship,” said Dotres. “We have lost some of that as a result of the pandemic. We have an opportunity to reconnect like never before.”
Dr. Jose Dotres is a graduate of the Miami-Dade public school district.
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