CORONAVIRUS: Palm Beach County Schools Remain Open, Here’s Why

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Parents continue to take to social media to complain — even express astonishment — that the Palm Beach County School District remains open. The posters are largely in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

For those parents who don’t understand why the school district hasn’t shut, consider the following: while many students in Boca and Delray have parents who can buy a Chromebook from Amazon like they’re buying Kleenex, there are thousands of children who can’t buy lunch.

More than 60 percent of students in the Palm Beach County school district — the 11th largest in the United States — receive free or subsidized lunch. For our readers in Boca and Delray, that’s like 100 people being listed on the “Orange Theory” leaderboard, and numbers 1 through 60 can’t buy lunch. They have parents who are not day traders working from home, they have moms for whom missing work isn’t the same as missing a spa appointment.



More than 60 percent of students in the Palm Beach County school district — the 11th largest in the United States — receive free or subsidized lunch. For our readers in Boca and Delray, that’s like 100 people being listed on the “Orange Theory” leaderboard, and numbers 1 through 60 can’t buy lunch. They have parents who are not day traders working from home, they have moms for whom missing work isn’t the same as missing a spa appointment.


For every classroom in Boca, Delray and Boynton with Chromebooks on every desk connected to Smartboards, there are scores of classrooms where kids rely on the generosity of others to supply pencils and notebooks. Closing school — just because people are freaked out — isn’t just a reactionary luxury. It will dramatically affect families who rely on the school district for food, for safety, for care.


Superintendent Donald Fennoy has taken an appropriate stance, stating that when and if closures happen, he will attempt to enact closures on a school by school basis. There are nearly 200 schools in the district. There’s no need to close a school in Greenacres if there’s a Coronavirus issue in Lake Worth.

Spring Break is just a week away. It’s a time for the school district to regroup, sanitize, and determine the appropriate path forward based on information that isn’t yet available.

Parents, of course, have the option to keep their kids home at any time for any reason. But before assuming the social media post you just read from BitzyFromNYnowInBocaKnowsItAll, we encourage you to understand what is happening and why it’s happening.

If parents don’t like the Palm Beach County School District’s choices, they can always make what they believe to be the best decision for their children.

UPDATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020 @2PM. CLICK HERE


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