As Day Starts, Palm Beach County School District Continues Damage Control From Erroneous Television News Report.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County Schools, as of 6 AM Friday, September 4th, 2020, still do not have an official reopening date for in-person education. A local television station erroneously reported Thursday that schools are set to resume “brick and mortar” education on September 14th. That forced the school district to initiate a robo-call to tell parents and guardians of more than 180,000 students that not date is set. While that may change at some point Friday, the day starts with no official resumption of in-person education.
Part of the confusion: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is likely to officially release a letter today giving Palm Beach County permission to move to “phase 2” of the state’s reopening plan. The Palm Beach County School Board — a stand-alone governing body — voted weeks ago to reopen schools five school days after Palm Beach County moves to “phase 2.” But Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner — and members of the Palm Beach County Commission — are concerned that 180,000 students returning to school at the same time that businesses reopen and other services resume may lead to serious COVID-19 problems. With the school district’s permission, he asked Gov. DeSantis to delay school reopening until at least two weeks after “phase 2” begins.
That decision is pending.
Meantime, following a contentious Palm Beach County School Board working session Wednesday during which it was revealed that the school district may be out of stock of disinfectant, has limited PPE, has not crafted social distancing plans for classrooms, does not have lunch room plans, and multiple bus drivers reported finding dead animals on their buses that were supposed to be sanitized, there is significant concern that the school system just isn’t ready.
“I wouldn’t send my kids back,” said one person with significant knowledge of school district operations. “At some point? Yes. Right now? It just doesn’t seem to be safe.”
Expect an announcement at some point over the next few days — possibly as early as Friday. But as of 6 AM Friday morning, there is no official “back to in person learning” date for the Palm Beach County School District.
Are Palm Beach County Schools Starting In-Person Learning?
Content copyright © 2021 Metro Desk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. We vigorously protect our intellectual property and journalistic product. Broadcast stations must credit BocaNewsNow.com on air. Print must refer to BocaNewsNow.com. Online must link to BocaNewsNow.com. We have agreements with several organizations. Contact news (at) bocanewsnow.com.
The Latest From BocaNewsNow.com
- Eric Holtz Commits Suicide As His Boca Raton Firm Faces Fraud Suits
- TERROR ON THE HIGHWAY: Shooting On I-95 In Boynton Beach, One Dead
- IT’S ALIVE! Tropical Depression Two Forms In Atlantic
- HURRICANE CENTER: Tropical Storm Could Form Today
- Delray Beach Man Charged With Enhanced DUI
- BUSY: Hurricane Center Watching Two Systems
- Major Delays At Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
- Sugar Sand Park Playground In Boca Raton To Close
- If Boca Raton’s Ricardo Ogorman Is Your Pot Dealer, Note He’s In Jail