Heartbreaking Report From Palm Beach County School District Cafeteria Employee With Special Needs Daughter
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A food services worker in a Palm Beach County School is asking BocaNewsNow.com for help while sending a message to parents: the School District is not prepared for Monday, and lower level employees are being thrown into the fire.
While the employee said we could use her name, we are not at this time. Here is message we received:
“I work for the school district for school food service. I submitted a form weeks ago for my own leave of absence to stay at home with daughter who has special needs to help her with distance learning. I am a single parent. I cannot leave my 10 year old home all day, while I am expected to be at work putting myself at risk for a district that does nothing to protect their employees. There is a mass shortage of masks, face shields, sanitizer, disinfectant, and every school seems to be making their own kind of protocol to try and distance kids, while teachers have the option to work remotely, cafeteria staff dont have a choice. My leave was approved at first, but now that the dangerous choice has been made to reopen, I was told I need to come to work or else I can take an unpaid leave of absence and pay for my own benefits which would amount to about $600/month all because they say schools are open so you can send her so you can be paid, or you can take a leave and have no money.
I feel that is an awful choice to give an employee, especially when the top leaders were not even fully participating in making protocols and making schools safe before allowing kids to enter. Besides having my daughter inhale my grandmother in my care who is 89 years old, she has feeding ports hanging out of her body, and a permanent Foley catheter in, making her extremely susceptible to bacteria entering into her directly. These plans were not thought out properly, and not only do I feel like my daughter is being thrown to sharks, but I am too. Our county’s school district does not care about their employees. If they had any kind of sense, they would pay attention to how many schools have had to shut down across the country due to people getting sick all over again and those were small districts, less schools, less kids, and teachers have died in South Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi.
“Our district is not prepared to open and it’s very selfish they are choosing to do so, because the people making these decisions are the ones who get to sit at home, or behind a desk, isolated from everyone, making a ton of money, while the rest of us in the trenches are hoping we dont bring home a virus that could potentially kill someone else in our household along with ourselves.”
Our district is not prepared to open and it’s very selfish they are choosing to do so, because the people making these decisions are the ones who get to sit at home, or behind a desk, isolated from everyone, making a ton of money, while the rest of us in the trenches are hoping we dont bring home a virus that could potentially kill someone else in our household along with ourselves. Please share this story, so that the thousands of food workers may have the courage to stand up behind me and not be afraid to have a voice, members of school food service never speak up because we are bullied by our superiors who sit behind their desks all day and make up their own rules, and anyone who does stand up get punished in some discreet way to make sure it looks like the punishment was legitimate. I am tired of being treated poorly. Like we are just food workers and were not important, we are over worked and underpaid and it’s time for someone to speak first.
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