PALM BEACH COUNTY: SCHOOLS MAY NOT OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21ST

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Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner

GOVERNOR DESANTIS GRANTS PERMISSION FOR DELAY BUT NO OFFICIAL WORD FROM SCHOOL SYSTEM

UPDATE 6PM: Schools will reopen on September 21st. ESE students in some situations may return on September 14th. Distance learning will continue until further notice. Still no effective plan for social distancing, food distribution, activities or bus. See message from school district, below.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School Board will have to decide if it wants to delay the opening of “brick and mortar schools” until September 21st, or if it wants to press ahead and open five days after Palm Beach County moves to phase 2 which would require opening on September 14th. It was not immediately clear when the school board would meet to decide.

Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner just announced that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis granted the one week extension at Kerner’s request. Kerner said it was clear to him that the school district isn’t ready operationally to resume school on September 14th. He previously said school superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy asked him to request the one week extension.


“We all want our children back to school, and if that those seven extra days (allow the school district) to open more safely, it should be considered.”


Kerner described conversations he has had with school board members and teachers who believe the school district is not operationally ready to reopen.

“I share that concern,” said Kerner.

A school board meeting this week revealed just how unprepared the school district is — there are apparently shortages of disinfectant, scores — and possibly hundreds — of teachers who do not want to return, and real questions about social distancing, bus and lunch plans.


A school board meeting this week revealed just how unprepared the school district is — there are apparently shortages of disinfectant, scores — and possibly hundreds — of teachers who do not want to return, and real questions about social distancing, bus and lunch plans.


The Palm Beach County School Board originally voted to open schools five days after Palm Beach County initiates phase 2 in a plan approved by Gov. DeSantis. Kerner said the extension has nothing to do with lowering the positivity rate, but everything to do with school administration doing the right thing for students and teachers.

In other developments, as Palm Beach County moves to “phase 2,” bars will remain closed. That is by executive order of Gov. Ron DeSantis.


SCHOOL DISTRICT MESSAGE RELEASED FRIDAY NIGHT:

WEST PALM BEACH – With Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order for Palm Beach County to move to Phase Two, the School District of Palm Beach County will reopen brick and mortar schools to in-person instruction on Monday, September 21. 
Students in pre-K through grade 12 self-contained ESE programs and ESE special schools, who choose in-person instruction, can return to school campuses on Wednesday, September 16. Those specific families will receive a phone call from their school with follow-up details. 
Parents can choose to have their children remain in distance learning if they prefer to do so. 
To allow schools to prepare for capacity requirements, parents and guardians are asked to “Make Your Choice” by September 9 by logging in to their child’s Student Portal and filling out a brief survey indicating if their child will be returning to campus or remaining in distance learning. 
Information on this process and a link to the Student Portal is available at palmbeachschools.org/makeyourchoice. As part of this process, parents and guardians are also asked to provide their transportation needs. Students eligible to ride a bus will be assigned a bus stop as well as their pickup and drop-off times. 
Students who are returning to campus will adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, including social distancing and wearing face coverings as outlined in the District’s COVID Guiding Document and Policy 5.326 – Student Protocols due to COVID-19.
For more information on the District’s Reopening Plan, answers to frequently asked questions, and the protocols campuses will follow, visit palmbeachschools.org/reopeningschools. For specific questions related to your school, please contact the school directly.


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