Boca, Delray Parents Want Tennis Time, Seek Sitters To Outsource Distance Learning
Palm Beach County Pediatric Positivity Rate Remains Near 15-Percent
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Several parents in Delray Beach and Boca Raton are working to create learning pods — groups of students who will all come to one family’s home in the morning to spend the day with a “babysitter” who will monitor their distance learning.
“Kids need to socialize,” said one parent to BocaNewsNow.com. “It’s worth the risk.”
The students will not be quarantined, will go home at the end of the day, then return the following day. The concept seemingly defeats the idea of social distancing.
“This is absurd,” said a medical professional to BocaNewsNow.com. “Creating a congregate environment in a home is just a microcosm of school. You have parents who just can’t handle dealing with their kids all day, so they’re pawning them off on others. This is not a viable solution to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The “pod plan” is not unique to Boca Raton or Delray Beach, but stands out as parents admit on social media that they need time away from their kids to play tennis, golf, or get a massage. It places unrelated children together with an outsourced sitter.
The “pod plan” is not unique to Boca Raton or Delray Beach, but stands out as parents admit on social media that they need time away from their kids to play tennis, golf, or get a massage. It places unrelated children together with an outsourced sitter. No one will ever know what the “sitter” does when he or she leaves the home at the end of the day. The children are sharing bathrooms and are exposed to whatever else is happening in the house.
“It’s another example of people not taking COVID-19 seriously,” said the medical professional. “People here in Palm Beach County think the rules just don’t apply to them. They act as if they can buy their way out of COVID-19. It didn’t work for camps. It’s not going to work for pod schools. Parents need to parent.”
“People here in Palm Beach County think the rules just don’t apply to them. They act as if they can buy their way out of COVID-19. It didn’t work for camps. It’s not going to work for pod schools. Parents need to parent.”
In some situations, the “sitters” are actually teachers who will conduct lessons. But for those lessons to count for school credit, parents have to withdraw their children from the Palm Beach County School District and declare that their children are being “home schooled.”
“Home schooling,” while unquestionably effective for many, carries with it a set of rules and regulations. Parents who home school tend to be dedicated to teaching their children personally, not outsourcing it to someone else.
Facebook is alive and well with groups promoting — and seeking — learning pods nationally and in the area.
The Palm Beach County School District has not taken an official position on “learning pods,” but says it will not open for in-person learning until it is safe.
The Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s not safe to reopen schools until the pediatric positivity rate drops to a consistent range of 3-to-5-percent. The Palm Beach County pediatric positivity rate is currently 14.6-percent, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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