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?
As of 6AM Friday, September 4th, 2020, there is no official date for classrooms to reopen. A television news report on Thursday stating a date was set is incorrect. The Palm Beach County School District alerted parents and guardians of 180,000 students that the report was wrong.
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