SCHOOL RULES: Palm Beach County School Board Approves Student, Parent COVID Rules

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Defines Fever As 100.4 Degrees, Requires Students To Provide List Of ALL Contacts If Test Positive For COVID-19

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The Palm Beach County School Board Wednesday unanimously approved sweeping rules and regulations for COVID-19 compliance within the school district. Among them: parents must keep children home if they show symptoms of a fever which is now defined as 100.4, students must wear facial coverings all day — except while eating lunch or taking part in certain activities including chorus and physical education, and parents are required to self-report a positive COVID-19 test to school administrators no later than “the following school day.”

One standout: while the CDC has repeatedly called for a 14-day quarantine, the Palm Beach County School Board says “a student who tests positive must remain home and be enrolled in Distance Learning until the student tests negative for COVID-19. A student may return back to school once he or she tests negative for COVID-19 or remains isolated for 10 days and symptom free, including no fever in the previous 24 hours. A copy of the test result shall be provided to the school nurse for verification.”

Also part of the policy:

“Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately provide administration with a list of everyone with whom they have been in close contact outside of regular classroom contact, including while riding the school bus and extracurricular activities (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes). Staff will assist younger students with their contact list.”

Read the complete approved policy, below.


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