SCHOOL SOURCE: “Parents are selfish. Parents need to keep kids home. We’re going to end up shutting down which no one wants.”
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The unfettered spread of COVID-19 in the Palm Beach County School District continues with 570 cases now confirmed. That is a dramatic increase from just Wednesday when the district hit 500 cases. The current rate of increase suggests 1000 cases within weeks. While the Florida Department of Health maintains there is no proof of spread within a school, several school statistics tell a different story.
Palm Beach Central High reports 24 cases. Calusa Elementary in Boca Raton reports 16 cases. Boca Raton Community High School reports 14 cases. Binks Forest Elementary in Wellington reports 14 cases. Seminole Ridge Community High reports 14 cases. Whispering Pines Elementary in West Boca Raton reports 9 cases. Countywide, only 40 percent of the district’s student population is taking part in “brick and mortar” learning.
On Friday, the school district announced that limited in-school COVID-19 testing — for symptomatic students — will begin over the next few weeks. In most cases, parents will need to provide permission in advance for testing to occur. Younger children must have a parent present. While parental permission is standard for medical care, the requirements are also expected to reinforce the point that parents must care for their children. School leaders continue to express frustration that parents sending children with obvious cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms to school.
“Parents are selfish,” said a senior school district official. “Parents need to keep kids home. We’re going to end up shutting down which no one wants.”
While a step forward, testing will be extremely limited.
“Tests are being provided by the State of Florida,” wrote Dr. Donald Fennoy, Palm Beach County School District Superintendent. “Thus far, the State has provided almost 9,000 tests to be distributed among all District-operated and non-District operated schools in Palm Beach County, with the assurance that more tests are coming.”
More than 180,000 students attend school in Palm Beach County. We will resume publishing the complete school COVID-19 list on Monday.
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