BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy said there is no chance that students will return for school — as usual — when the school year starts in August.
“The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is the Board’s top priority,” said Fennoy. “There is no one size all solution.“
The comment was made as the Palm Beach County School Board initiated a work session to discuss school restarting options. Dr. Fennoy said that current infection numbers in Palm Beach County make starting in-person learning impractical. Any “physical” options, he said, would not look anything like years past.
The meeting then paused to start 2 hours of voicemail message playback from parents, teachers and Palm Beach County residents who shared their opinions over the past week.
Among the first callers: a hospital administrator who said it is absolutely unsafe to return to school right now without knowing more about how COVID-19 interacts with children, a faculty member who said there is no way to keep kids safe — and distanced — in Palm Beach County Schools, a woman who implored the District to keep schools closed based on the science of COVID, and a parent of two children in a middle school — she asked the District to continue with “distance learning” only.
Before Dr. Fennoy’s comments and the phone message playback, the Herculean task that opening schools — in any form — requires, took center stage in a seemingly innocuous way.
School Board member Dr. Debra Robinson followed up on a request she previously made to bring every sink into compliance with CDC guidelines.
“Can you make sure that when you hit the thing in the bathroom that the water runs for 20 seconds?”
The CDC suggests washing hands with warm water for no less than 20 seconds. There are 180 schools in the Palm Beach County School district. Each, of course, has multiple bathrooms with many sinks.
The meeting is expected to continue well into the evening, July 8, 2020.
Content copyright © 2022 Metro Desk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. BocaNewsNow.com ® is a registered trademark. BocaRudeton™ is a trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. Sirens™ is a trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. “You hear sirens, we know where they went,”™ is a trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. “Don’t Want To Be Seen Here? Don’t Be Rude Here!™” is a trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. We vigorously protect our intellectual property and journalistic product. Broadcast stations must credit BocaNewsNow.com on air. Print must refer to BocaNewsNow.com. Online must link to BocaNewsNow.com. We have agreements with several organizations. Contact news (at) bocanewsnow.com. Call 866-4-FL-NEWS. Arrest reports are police accusations. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law.
The Latest From BocaNewsNow.com
- PALM BEACH COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
- HURRICANE IAN: Schools Open But Heavy Rain, Strong Rain Expected In South Florida
- DEAD IN VALENCIA FALLS: Woman Drives Into Garage, Backs Into House, Utility Pole
- Loggers’ Run Boca Raton Forecloses On Homeowner Over $777
- CAR THEFTS: POLICE FRUSTRATED WITH SEVEN BRIDGES, LOTUS BOARDS
- HURRICANE IAN MAY PACK 130 MPH WINDS AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA
- IAN: PALM BEACH COUNTY WARNS OF HEAVY RAIN, TORNADOES
- REMINDER: All Schools Closed In Palm Beach County Monday
- IAN TRACK SHIFTS, BUT SOUTH FLORIDA TOLD UNCERTAINTY HIGH