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PALM BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT: Dead Animals On School Buses, Drivers Upset

Palm Beach County Schools


Teachers: School District Out Of Disinfectant, Required To Use One Vendor

District Also Announces “Early Care,” “After Care” Will Resume When School Opens, But No Plans Presented For Safe Social Distancing Or Staffing

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Palm Beach County School District transportation workers are upset over dead animals on and in the school buses that they are supposed to be cleaning and sanitizing before students return to “in person” learning. Bus drivers say they are not being given the tools or products they need to clean busses, and say there is no time between routes to sanitize their vehicles between runs.

One driver said the air conditioning doesn’t work on her school bus and that the temperature hit 106 degrees during a test run.

The comments were made during a public speaker session of Tuesday’s School Board workshop.

In a separate announcement, the Palm Beach County School District announced that “early” and “aftercare” will be in session once school begins, but that spots will be limited due to social distancing. There is still, however, no public plan as to how “early care” or “after care” will take place, or if there are enough staffers to safely monitor children.

Here is the official language:

When school campus buildings are open once again, Before and After-school programs will also reopen. However, due to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and procedures outlined in the District’s COVID-19 Guiding Document, there will be a limited number of spots available at each school.

Parents who have registered for Before or After-school programs will be contacted by their school, and informed if there is space for their child in the program. Availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

If a school is unable to accommodate a child, the child will be added to a waitlist based on their order of registration. Parents will be contacted if and when a spot becomes available.

Parents wishing to enroll in Before or After-school programs at their child’s school should contact the school directly in order for their child to be registered and added to the waitlist.

Watch the meeting live (expect it to run though 6 p.m, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020).



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