Hundreds In South Palm Beach County Expected To Take PSAT’s This Week In Spanish River High School Gym. Parents, Students Concerned Over COVID Spread.
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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE 12:16 PM: After being “unaware” of the situation, the Palm Beach County School District tells BocaNewsNow.com officially that 150 students who are “distance learners” will be taking the PSAT in the gym at Spanish River High School. Students who have returned for “in person” learning will take the test in a classroom. The School District says only Spanish River students will be taking the test at the Spanish River High School Location and that “students will be seated six feet apart.” There was no immediate response to our question about whether 150 students in the same place for an extended period of time is an appropriate choice in the midst of COVID-19.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Parents, students and Palm Beach County School District staff members fear PSAT testing this week at Spanish River High School will turn into a “super-spreader” event — an event with so many people sitting in one place for an extended period of time that COVID-19 will be spread.
Hundreds of students are expected to take the test in the Spanish River High School Gym — a decision that came as a surprise to several school district officials contacted by BocaNewsNow.com. Whether a new plan was being crafted early Monday morning after we asked questions this weekend was unclear.
Multiple parents, students and teachers contacting BocaNewsNow.com over the past week say they are fearful of the plan.
Students are being told to know — in advance — exactly where in the gym they are supposed to report so the risk of COVID-19 spread is reduced. That is a daunting task for students who have never stepped foot inside of the school. Students from all over South Palm Beach County are assigned to Spanish River High School for the test.
Other regional testing centers throughout Palm Beach County are using multiple classrooms, with no more than ten students in a class. Spanish River is only expected to use a few classrooms with the majority of test takers told to report to the gym.
There is at least one reported case of COVID-19 in the Spanish River High School community. There are 159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County Schools as of 7:30 A.M Monday, October 26, 2020.
Spanish River High School crafted a video which reveals just how confusing the gym situation may be. A supplemental document is raising concern with parents.
We are publishing both. We are only using the section of the video that highlights the issues involving use of the gym.
There was no immediate response from the testing coordinator at Spanish River High School.
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