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Palm Beach County Schools Report 519 COVID-19 Cases

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The growing COVID-19 crisis in the Palm Beach County School District continues to worsen as irresponsible parents send sick kids to school and the school district’s own maintenance division apparently can’t keep brand new air conditioning units working in a Boca Raton elementary school considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

With 16 confirmed cases at Calusa Elementary School, BocaNewsNow.com learned that administrators in the school building Wednesday demanded that teachers say nothing about sweltering conditions and stagnant air, as the school’s new air conditioning unit failed. Teachers found it difficult to teach as children cried from the heat — all while wearing masks. The failure was confirmed in a school district statement to BocaNewsNow.com.


”It is a brand new air handler replaced with the FCA funding,” the Palm Beach County School District confirmed in a written statement to BocaNewsNow.com  ”District maintenance crews tried, but could not, get the individual handler up and running.”

It was not clear early Thursday morning whether the situation was resolved. Calusa is a hotspot with a growing COVID-19 case count. Its “brick and mortar” student population is now among the highest in the entire school district where overall, just 40 percent of the student body has returned to in-person classes. At Calusa, it’s estimated 65 percent of the student population has returned.


Related: parents countywide continue to send their kids back to school, sick. Senior administrators in the school district tell BocaNewsNow.com that children with “clear COVID-19 symptoms” are being sent to school. Those children are then isolated until parents return to take them home.

Here is the current case list in the Palm Beach County School District:

STAFF CASES AS OF 5:45 AM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Acreage Pines Elementary (3)

Addison Mizner Elementary (2)

Allamanda Elementary (1)

Atlantic Community High (2)

Banyan Creek Elementary (1)

Beacon Cove Elementary (1)

Bear Lakes Middle (1)

Berkshire Elementary (1)

Binks Forest Elementary (8)

Boca Raton Community High School (6)

Boca Raton Community Middle (2)

Boynton Beach Community High (4)

Calusa Elementary (2)

Carver Community Middle (1)

Cholee Lake Elementary (4)

Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary (3)

Congress Middle (4)

Conniston Community Middle (1)

Coral Reef Elementary (1)

Coral Sunset Elementary (1) 

Del Prado Elementary (1)

Diamond View Elementary (3)

Don Estridge High Tech Middle (3)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary (1)

Eagles Landing Middle (1)

Emerald Cove Middle (1)

Everglades Elementary (2)

FHESC (2)

Forest Hill Community High (3)

Forest Hill Elementary (1)

Freedom Shores Elementary (5)

Frontier Elementary (1)

Galaxy E3 Elementary (2)

Grassy Waters Elementary (1)

Greenacres Elementary (1)

Grove Park Elementary (1)

H.L. Johnson Elementary (4)

Hagen Road Elementary (3)

Hammock Pointe Elementary (1)

Hidden Oaks K-8 School (1)

Highland Elementary (1)

Highridge (1)

Howell L. Watkins Middle (2)

Indian Pines Elementary (1)

Intensive Transition South (1)

J.C. Mitchell Elementary (2)

Jeaga Middle (1)

Jerry Thomas Elementary (3)

John F. Kennedy Middle (3)

John L. Leonard High School (1)

Jupiter Community High (1)

Jupiter Farms Elementary (2)

Jupiter Middle (1)

Lake Shore Middle (5)

Lake Worth Community High (1)

Lantana Community Middle (3)

Liberty Park Elementary (2)

Limestone Creek Elementary (4)

Loxahatchee Groves Elementary (1)

Manatee Elementary (1)

Marsh Pointe Elementary

Meadow Park Elementary (1)

New Horizons Elementary (3)

North Grade Elementary (2)

Olympic Heights Community High School (2)

Osceola Creek Middle (2)

Palm Beach Central High (5)

Palm Beach Lakes Community High (1)

Palm Springs Community Middle (4)

Panther Run Elementary (1)

Park Vista Community High (1)

Pine Grove Elementary (1)

Plumosa School of the Arts (5)

Polo Park Middle School (4)

Regional Office Central (2)

Roosevelt Elementary (0)

Roosevelt Community Middle (2)

Royal Palm Beach Community High (2)

S.D. Spady Elementary (2)

Sandpiper Shores Elementary (1)

Santaluces Community High (5)

Seminole Ridge Community High (6)

Seminole Trails Elementary (1)

South Grade Elementary (6)

South Olive Elementary (2)

Starlight Cove Elementary (2)

Student Wellness (2)

Sunset Palms Elementary (2)

The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach Elementary (1)

Transportation Central Facility (1)

Transportation West Facility (1)

Turning Points Academy (3)

Waters Edge Elementary (1)

Watson B. Duncan Middle (1) 

Wellington Landings Middle (4)

West Boca Community High School (3)

West Gate Elementary (2)

Western Pines Middle (3)

Westward Elementary (3)

Whispering Pines Elementary (2)

William T. Dwyer High (3)

Woodlands Middle School (1)

Wynnebrook Elementary (2)

STUDENT CASES AS OF 5:49 A.M., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Acreage Pines Elementary (2)

Adult Education Center (1)

Alexander W. Dreyfus Jr. School of the Arts (6)

Allamanda Elementary (2)

Bak Middle School of the Arts (1)

Banyan Creek Elementary (1)

Beacon Cove Intermediate (1)

Benoist Farms Elementary (1)

Berkshire Elementary (2)

Binks Forest Elementary (5)

Boca Raton Community High (8)

Boca Raton Community Middle (4)

Calusa Elementary (14)

Christa McAuliffe Middle (1)

Citrus Cove Elementary (1)

Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary (1)

Conniston Community Middle (3)

Coral Reef Elementary (2)

Crestwood Middle (2)

Crystal Lakes Elementary (2)

Del Prado Elementary (5)

Diamond View Elementary (3)

Discovery Key Elementary (3)

Don Estridge High Tech Middle (3)

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary (1)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary (1)

Eagles Landing Middle School (1)

Emerald Cove Middle (1)

Equestrian Trails Elementary (1)

Everglades Elementary (5)

Forest Hills Community High (2)

Glade View Elementary (1)

Golden Grove Elementary (2)

Gove Elementary (2)

Greenacres Elementary (6)

H.L. Johnson Elementary (1)

Hagen Road Elementary (2)

Hammock Pointe Elementary (3)

Heritage Elementary (1)

Highland Elementary (1)

Highridge (1) 

Independence Middle (2)

Jerry Thomas Elementary (1)

John F. Kennedy Middle (1)

John I. Leonard High (3)

Jupiter Community High (8)

Jupiter Farms Elementary (4)

Jupiter Middle (4)

L.C. Swain Middle (2)

Lake Worth Community High (2)

Lantana Community Middle (2)

Lantana Elementary (2)

Liberty Park Elementary (2)

Lighthouse Elementary (3)

Limestone Creek Elementary (3)

Loggers’ Run Community Middle (1)

Manatee Elementary (5)

Marsh Pointe Elementary (3)

Meadow Park Elementary (6)

Melaleuca Elementary (1)

Morikami Park Elementary (4)

New Horizons Elementary (2)

Northboro Elementary (1)

Okeeheelee Middle (2)

Olympic Heights Community High (2)

Omni Middle (7)

Orchard View Elementary (1)

Osceola Creek Middle (1)

Palm Beach Central High (19)

Palm Beach Gardens Community High (1)

Palm Beach Gardens Elementary (1)

Palm Beach Lakes Community High (1)

Palm Springs Elementary (1)

Palmetto Elementary (1)

Panther Run Elementary (3)

Park Vista Community High (5)

Pierce Hammock Elementary (1)

Pine Jog Elementary (1)

Plumosa School of the Arts (1)

Poinciana Elementary (1)

Polo Park Middle (4)

Rolling Green Elementary (1)

Roosevelt Community Middle (2)

Royal Palm Beach Elementary (2)

Royal Palm School (1)

Santaluces Community High (2)

Seminole Ridge Community High (6)

South Grade Elementary (1)

South Olive Elementary (3)

Spanish River Community High (1)

Starlight Cove Elementary (1)

Suncoast High (4)

Sunset Palms Elementary (7)

The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach Elementary (2)

Timber Trace Elementary (2) 

Tradewinds Middle (1)

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary (1)

Verde K-8 (1)

Waters Edge Elementary (2)

Watson B. Duncan Middle School (1)

Wellington Community High (6)

Wellington Landings Middle (2)

West Boca Raton Community High (1)

West Riviera Elementary (1)

Western Pines Middle (3)

Westward Elementary (1)

Whispering Pines Elementary (6)

Woodlands Middle School (1)

We remind our readers that these numbers are cumulative and do not necessarily represent active infections.


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