Superintendent Says District, Parents, Must Be Prepared To Change Course Instantly
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County School Superintendent Donald Fennoy, Ed.D., just transmitted the following message following virtual townhall meetings countywide. The headline: there is no decision about the upcoming school year, as COVID-19 numbers surge anything is possible, and parents are evenly split between “distance learning” and learning in school.
Here’s the message:
I’d like to personally thank you for taking the time to complete and return the District’s ‘Reopening of Schools’ surveys. More than 66,000 parents and guardians and nearly 17,000 employees responded to their corresponding questionnaires.
Currently, a District data team is analyzing results. As that process reaches its final stages, we are narrowing down viable reopening options, by eliminating plans or suggestions that are just not feasible.
I encourage you to watch the Virtual School Board Workshop on July 1, 2020. That meeting begins at 2 p.m. and, as is the case with all School Board Meetings, will be streamed live at palmbeachschools.org and broadcasted on Comcast Channel 235 and ATT U-verse 99.
Survey results will be discussed in greater length at that time. This discussion will provide you with a much clearer picture of what ‘Back to School’ will look like. This information will help parents and staff better prepare and focus their efforts accordingly.
Sharing a quick preliminary overview, I can tell you that, generally speaking, parents and guardians were fairly evenly split in their back to school preferences when asked about returning to school full time, continuing Distance Learning full time, or a blended model in which both options would be used.
While survey responses hold a lot of weight in the decision making process, it’s important to remember that final decisions that the District will make will be based on a variety of factors including financial, legal, health, and other requirements that we must meet in the best interests of our students, staff, and community.
The July 15 virtual meeting will provide even more clarity into the District’s reopening plans. This is when proposed final options will be presented to the School Board.
Parents, Guardians, and Team Palm Beach let me be clear; the District will do everything possible to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff while continuing to engage all of our children in high-quality instruction.
Ensuring these priorities amid a changing landscape means that we must build flexibility into our plans so we are prepared to adjust, based on changing circumstances and evolving needs.
This is going to be what I refer to as a “red light, green light year.” What I mean by this is that we must be prepared to quickly change course when doing so is in the best interest of our students and staff.
We WILL be prepared to accomplish exactly that.
In addition to surveys, the District also scheduled several Virtual Town Hall meetings. Two final meetings take place this evening. You will find more information about those meetings, and a video playlist of recorded town hall meetings, at palmbeachschools.org/townhallmeetings.
Thank you for your unwavering support of the School District of Palm Beach County. We look forward to welcoming our students and our outstanding educators and support staff back for the 2020-21 school year.
Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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