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PALM BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT: NO DISCIPLINE FOR KIDS WHO REPORT COVID VIOLATIONS

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Students Who Take Photos, Report COVID-19 Violations Will NOT Be Disciplined

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DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT KEITH OSWALD WON’T GUARANTEE THAT PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED IF STUDENTS ARE SICK. ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIAL TELLS BOCANEWSNOW.COM THAT STUDENTS WILL NOT BE DISCIPLINED FOR REPORTING COVID-19 SCHOOL ISSUES TO THE MEDIA.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Contrasting comments made by Deputy Palm Beach County School Superintendent Keith Oswald that parents may — or may not — be notified when a student tests positive for COVID-19 in a school, BocaNewsNow.com has learned from a senior school district official that students will not be disciplined if they report blatant COVID-19 violations to the media, or post images to social media.

The position — which is not school board mandated but apparently communicated to local school administrators — was stated just days before Oswald refused to guarantee that the school district would tell parents if a student tests positive. Oswald, speaking at a school board meeting Wednesday, cited federal privacy laws that are not applicable to schools. There is nothing preventing a school district from telling parents that a child is sick — it’s a routine procedure for everything from lice to “hand, foot and mouth disease” in younger children.

The “no discipline for reporting concerns” assertion made to BocaNewsNow.com came after a student in Georgia was suspended when she released a photo of an overcrowded school hallway full of unmasked students. She was unsuspended when CNN and other media outlets broadcast and published the photo, then blasted the school district for trying to hide the problem.



“We will not discipline students who see something and say something,” said the Palm Beach County School District official. “It’s just not going to happen. We are going to be transparent when there are issues.”


“We will not discipline students who see something and say something,” said the Palm Beach County School District official. “It’s just not going to happen. We are going to be transparent when there are issues.”

Hiding positive tests from parents makes it more likely that students will report quarantines, positive tests and other COVID-19 related issues on social media and to local news media.


While the Palm Beach County School District is starting the year with distance learning, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing hard for the school district to begin “in-person” education promptly. He is communicating that elevating Palm Beach County to “phase 2” of the state’s reopening plan may be imminent.

Palm Beach County Schools would open for in-person education just one week after phase 2 begins.

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1 thought on “PALM BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT: NO DISCIPLINE FOR KIDS WHO REPORT COVID VIOLATIONS”

  1. So this means that COVID cases in Palm Beach County schools WILL be reported to parents?
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    Ed. note: No. It means they may be reported, but if kids reveal what the school district won’t, the kids will not be disciplined.

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