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BOXED: Some Children Boxed In Boca Schools, Others Roam Freely During COVID

Boca Area Elementary School boxes

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The Palm Beach County School District is seemingly engaged in massive messaging issues, as school officials promote one reality while a different reality is taking place for many.

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In this photo provided by the Palm Beach County School District, Verde Elementary School is letting children roam in wide open classrooms.

The Palm Beach County School District released the photo above from Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, showing what in-person education looks like. Inexplicably, there is a teacher who appears to be just a few feet away from two students. There are no plexiglass shields in place. This is an official school district photograph.

Boca Area Elementary School boxes
At a Boca Raton-area elementary school, students sit in plexiglass cubicles throughout the day.

But in another Boca Raton-area elementary school, students are in plexiglass boxes — minus a roof. The boxes, made of plexiglass, sit atop student desks. Students are in the “boxes” all day — this is where they learn. This is where they eat. The school district did not release the above photo and has made little mention of set-ups like the one above.

In-person enrollment numbers remain significantly lower than what the Palm Beach County School District expected. Just 54,000 of the district’s 180,000 students returned for in-person learning this week. School Board member Debra Robinson, M.D., said as late as Sunday night that the school district was not ready to reopen. Broward and Miami-Dade counties have now delayed their resumption of in-person learning. Both counties were set to start in early October.



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