BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School District now reports 1,010 cases of COVID-19. The split: 578 students and 432 employees. The number is cumulative from the start of “brick and mortar” education less than 3 months ago. It is accurate as of 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020.
School officials — and teachers — continue to report that parents are sending sick kids to school, often telling them to claim they have allergies or a minor cold. But now school nurses are receiving “rapid” COVID-19 testing, which may prove that parents are lying. It is unclear if any action can or will be taken against parents who knowingly send their sick children into a classroom, potentially exposing other students and teachers to the COVID-19 virus.
Claims by the Florida Department of Health that there has been no student-to-student or student-to-employee COVID-19 transmission are being questioned after reports that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered Health Department officials to play fast and loose with COVID facts.
Among the highest area COVID-19 counts in the Palm Beach County School District:
Boca Raton Community High School: 29 COVID-19 cases.
Seminole Ridge Community High: 24 COVID-19 cases.
Calusa Elementary: 21 COVID-19 cases.
Jupiter Community High School: 16 COVID-19 cases.
Omni Middle School: 13 COVID-19 cases
Whispering Pines Elementary School: 13 COVID-19 cases.
Don Estridge Tech Middle: 12 COVID-19 cases.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts: 11 COVID-19 cases.
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