BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Several principals are receiving rave reviews in the final days before schools open for “in person” learning on Monday. Principals at Omni Middle School, Whispering Pines Elementary School, Sunrise Park and Eagles Landing Middle School have all been the subject of complimentary emails sent by readers to BocaNewsNow.com. While no one has suggested that any plan presented so far is perfect, these principals — and others across the county— have held live “Google Meets” with parents to explain individual plans for their schools.
The plans are overall being warmly received.
Schools with active PTA’s capable of raising significant funds seem to be more prepared for Monday’s opening than schools were finances are tighter. PTA’s have contributed to the purchase of plexiglass shields, smart boards, additional Chromebooks and other needed supplies.
But even Wednesday night, Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Donald Fennoy announced that schools are still in the process of acquiring materials needed — everything from PPE to power strips for computers. Schools in affluent sections of Palm Beach County seem to have more of what is needed.
Despite the positive reviews, parents, administrators, even school board members continued to express concern at Wednesday’s school board meeting over the district’s preparedness.
A corner, however, seemed to be turned. There is now less complaining and more of a realization that ready or not, school starts Monday. The best anyone can do now is whatever they can do to keep kids and staffers safe.
Roughly half of the school district’s 180,000 students are expected to return to in-person education, with the rest remaining home for “distance learning.”
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