Principals and other administrators apparently misunderstood Palm Beach County School District mandate.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — ”Brick and Mortar” students who are home sick in Palm Beach County School District — whether from a cold, the flu, or COVID-19 — may take part in distance learning. BocaNewsNow.com has learned that administrators at schools across Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach have erroneously told teachers to tell parents that children sick at home must not log on to their remote classroom.
“That is absolutely not true,” said a senior Palm Beach County School District Official to BocaNewsNow.com. “A child who is home sick can, and should, take part in distance learning if they are feeling well enough to do so.”
It’s unclear where the confusion began, but it is likely a misunderstanding — or misinterpretation — of the school district’s recent mandate. Parents were required to make a binding decision about whether their child would take part in “distance” or “in person” learning for the rest of 2020. Parents have been told that switching is not allowed except in extreme circumstances. Principals at some schools apparently believed that the mandate extended to “brick and mortar children” home sick with a cold. It doesn’t.
“It makes no sense,” said an elementary school parent contacting BocaNewsNow.com. “They want us to keep our kids home when they’re sick, but they don’t want them to take advantage of online learning which has never been more accessible. That’s crazy.”
It’s also incorrect. Sunday night, the Palm Beach County School District, for the second time in a week, robocalled 180,000 families to remind them to keep children home who exhibit any symptoms of anything that could be related to COVID-19. Parents sending children to school sick is a continued problem, with school nurses reporting a significant number of children with COVID-19 symptoms are being sent to school. Parents are being encouraged to keep children home — even if their child is just sniffling.
“We absolutely want children who are home sick to keep learning,” said a district official. “We have never said that these students aren’t allowed to log on. Anyone who is being told otherwise needs to call their principal or regional superintendent.”
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Palm Beach County School District, with nearly 300 cases reported as of Sunday, November 1, 2020.
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