CORONAVIRUS: Palm Beach County Schools Cancel Safety Patrol DC Trip, More

Coronavirus News Palm Beach County Schools

ALL OUT OF STATE STUDENT, TEACHER TRIPS CANCELLED

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School District is cancelling all out of state trips, including the annual fifth grade trip to Washington, D.C. for members of each elementary school’s Safety Patrol.

From the School District at 4:47pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

Dear Parents and Staff- 

The School District of Palm Beach County continues to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are NO known cases of Coronavirus in Palm Beach County, District staff remains vigilant and proactive. 

Principals at our 179 District-operated schools are going about their day and their lessons as normal. 

The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and school communities remain our top priority. Safety is the criterion by which all decisions are made.

Effective immediately, ALL out-of-state, District-sponsored field trips are suspended until further notice. This includes all Safety Patrol trips to Washington D.C.  

Additionally, out-of-state trips that the District arranged for staff have been canceled.

While this is disappointing for some, as a District, we feel this decision is in the best interest of our school community.

In-state travel is still being evaluated. You will be updated as decisions are made. 

With spring break beginning March 21, travel plans are also at the forefront of family’s minds.  

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are instructing anyone who may be visiting high-risk countries, including Italy, China, South Korea, and Iran, to be familiar with recommendations to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Consistent and continued communication is key in a situation such as this. The District will continue to supply daily updates to parents and staff.

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