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DON’T BLAME YOUR PRINCIPAL: Palm Beach County Schools Calling Parents Today

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In Person? Distance Learning? Parents Frustrated With Unanswered Questions About Social Distancing, Ventilation, Lunch, Staffing, Transportation.

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It’s not your Principal. Seriously. We’re the first to call out local Palm Beach County School District administrators at the school level when something goes wrong. But the convoluted call you received yesterday, and the call you’re going to receive today, has nothing to do with your principal or assistant principal.

They were — or are — reading a script.

As we reported yesterday, the Palm Beach County School District will call parents today to instruct them to login to their child’s school district “portal” to report whether your child will continue with ‘distance learning’ when doors reopen for schools, or if you’re sending your child back to brick-and-mortar in the midst of a pandemic.


Neither choice is binding. You can switch from in-person to distance with just a day’s notice. Switching from distance to in-person requires a week’s notice so the school can ensure social distancing in your child’s classroom. The Palm Beach County School District says it will welcome students when parents are ready, but wants parents to understand that it’s not daycare — you can’t pull your kid out, or send them back, because you need to play tennis or get a massage.


The Palm Beach County School District says it will welcome students when parents are ready, but wants parents to understand that it’s not daycare — you can’t pull your kid out, or send them back, because you need to play tennis or get a massage.


Many parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com say sending kids to school, for now, is a non-starter until individual schools report what they are doing to keep kids safe.



“My kids love distance learning,” said one elementary school parent speaking with BocaNewsNow.com. “Their teachers this year are all-in with all day live teaching, virtual classrooms that look like a high-end video game, engaging lessons, even lunch bunch where kids can eat and chat with each other. This is letting Google-certified teachers shine.”


“My kids love distance learning,” said one elementary school parent speaking with BocaNewsNow.com. “Their teachers this year are all-in with all day live teaching, virtual classrooms that look like a high-end video game, engaging lessons, even lunch bunch where kids can eat and chat with each other. This is letting Google-certified teachers shine.”

But other parents say their experience is different and need to send their kids to school.

“My child can’t sit still,” said a Boca raton parent. “I just can’t handle this. The teacher doesn’t understand the technology and is only teaching ‘live’ for minutes, not hours.”

Unanswered questions remain a concern for parents fearful of what their children may experience if they ditch distance learning for the unknown of “in-person.” Many older schools don’t have space for socially distancing 1000 children, lunch plans remain unclear, school bus plans are not finalized and old air conditioning systems are still old — potentially leading to ventilation issues.

The Palm Beach County School District is referring parents to this document, which remains a work in progress. This document has been slow to load due to demand on the School District’s servers. We have also embedded it below — again, it feeds directly from the school system’s servers.


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