OSWALD: Palm Beach County Schools WILL Notify Community Of COVID-19 Outbreaks

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PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT KEITH OSWALD DURING AN AUGUST 25, 2020 NEWS CONFERENCE.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Parents and members of the Palm Beach County “school community” WILL be notified when a student or staffer tests positive for COVID-19 in a school.

The policy statement, announced Tuesday morning during a Palm Beach County School District news conference, reverses Oswald’s comments from a school board meeting last week during which he said reporting positive tests would be a violation of a student’s privacy.

The Palm Beach County School District routinely notifies parents of “lice,” “hand foot and mouth” disease and other communicable illness issues without identifying a specific student. It was unclear why Oswald suggested that reporting COVID-19 infections on a school campus would be a privacy violation.


“We will be notifying the school community of any students who test positive for COVID-19,” he said Tuesday morning.


Oswald also stated that any student testing positive for COVID-19 — and students presumably in the same classroom — would all be moved to “distance learning” during an incubation and testing period that could last several weeks.


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