Students, officials in Miami-Dade, Broward gear up for new school year

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho talks about Zika virus during school visits

MAIMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho kicked off his Sunday at Miami Beach Senior High School, where he discussed the Zika virus issue with parents and students as classes are slated to resume on Monday. 

Carvalho was joined by Lillian Rivera, of the Florida Department of Health, during his visit.

"Make sure you apply the repellent before coming to school," Rivera said. "It should be able to last you the whole day and you should be fine."  

From there Carvalho visited Auburndale Elementary School, where he talked about some of the new educational programs and technology that he thinks will bring relevance to the classroom.

"We are launching the 140,000 computer in the hands of students as well as about 9,000 computers for teachers," he said.

Teachers and the skills they bring to the class, Carvalho said, are just as important as the technology in the classroom.

In Broward County, Superintendent Robert Runcie planned to visit seven schools on Monday as schools open.

While officials are getting ready for the start of a new school year, students are gearing up as well.

In Lauderhill, elementary school students got free haircuts at My Salon Suite in exchange for donating school supplies.

"You go to the schools, they're short on supplies all the time, and we just thought it's a great idea to give something back," Dan Peterson, of My Salon Suite, said.

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