With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 24 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, CNW 90.

Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, Florida schools closed until fall, Broward Schools to have virtual graduations for 2020 class and the Cayman Islands sells COVID-19 test kits to other Caribbean islands.

Now for the news in the detail

All of the Florida’s public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, however distance learning will continue till the end of the semester. Schools have been distance learning since the COVID-19 outbreak prompted campuses to close in late March. In making the announcement Governor Ron DeSantis said the states officials spoke with people across the state before he made the decision. He said while there were differing opinions among parents, he felt that the decision was in the best interest of Florida’s children.

In the meantime, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie announced plans to host virtual graduation ceremonies honoring the achievements of the county’s high school seniors. The virtual graduation ceremonies for each high school will take place from June 15 to June 28 and will include all of the traditional practices like speeches and the roll call of graduates. Each graduation ceremony will be streamed live. The date for each school’s graduation, along with more details, will be announced on Friday, May 1st.

In the meantime, Palm Beach County Youth Services will begin pre-summer feeding at six sites throughout Palm Beach County on April 27. Sites will distribute seven days’ worth of meals to each eligible child. Meal distribution will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm, or until all meal kits are distributed. In Lauderhill, Feeding South Florida will also host a drive-thru food distribution event on April 30 at the Lauderhill Sports Park. For more detailed information, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com

In Caribbean News, The Government of the Cayman Islands is prepared to sell up to half of its COVID-19 test kits to other countries in the region. Currently, the island has some 200,000 test kits but the government has advised that 100,000 kits would be enough for the population of 65,000 people. So far, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and The Bahamas have all expressed their interest in purchasing kits. The move by Cayman Islands offers relief for many countries in the region that are currently experiencing a shortage of COVID-19 testing equipment due to the United States delaying shipments to the Caribbean.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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