School District Frustrated By Lack Of Leadership From State of Florida
BY: ANDREW COLTON | EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — High level Palm Beach County School District sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that the school district is unlikely to pursue a “hybrid” plan in which half of a school goes to physical school Mondays and Tuesday, with the second half attending in-person Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The plan, first announced several weeks ago as a way to enforce social distancing, is “unworkable” according to one of the sources. “We just can’t expect parents to remember what day of the week their children are supposed to be where. It won’t work.”
Instead, the school district is “strongly” considering a simulcast — school will happen “in school” but all students will have the ability to take part in the class from a distance location.
Those discussing the matter with BocaNewsNow.com stress everything remains a work in progress and rising COVID-19 numbers could force a distance-learning only model when school begins August 10th.
The plan is expected to be unveiled by July 15th.
Still unclear: what happens when a student, teacher or staffer tests positive for COVID-19.
“It’s inevitable,” said the source. “We have a school district of 180,000 students. Will the community expect specific schools to shut immediately when a child or teacher tests positive? What happens when someone’s family member tests positive? Will we need to alert the community and then conduct in-school testing for everyone in the building?”
All Palm Beach County School District officials speaking with BocaNewsNow.com also say the State of Florida’s Dept. of Education isn’t helping.
“There’s no guidance,” said an official. “We’re weeks away from school starting again and there’s a somewhat delusional approach from the State that COVID isn’t going to affect the year. We need plans for classrooms. We need plans for getting kids to school on a school bus. Not everyone here owns a Tesla. We have thousands of kids whose parents work on farms.”
“We’re weeks away from school starting again and there’s a somewhat delusional approach from the State that COVID isn’t going to affect the year. We need plans for classrooms. We need plans for getting kids to school on a school bus. Not everyone here owns a Tesla. We have thousands of kids whose parents work on farms.”
Despite the extreme wealth in parts of South Palm Beach County, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, there is extreme poverty miles to the north. The Palm Beach County School District, officials say, is finding it difficult to create a perfectly workable plan.
“There is no one size fits all solution. People are going to be upset no matter what we do.”
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