BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The long standing, somewhat inexplicable tradition of teachers in Palm Beach County starting the calendar year with an “in-service day” after being off for several weeks is a tradition no more. The Palm Beach County School District resumes classes for students and teachers on Monday, January 4th, 2021.
With the start of school delayed until September due to COVID-19, the school district is using every available day that it can to meet the 180 day requirement. School is currently set to end on June 18th — several weeks later than usual.
Parents, within days of school restarting, will be told to choose “in person” or “distance learning” for the rest of the school year. Some students who are struggling with distance learning will be told that they should return to school for in-person education, although parents are allowed to say no.
Roughly 60 percent of the Palm Beach County School District student body currently remains engaged in distance learning, with just 40 percent attending school in person. With COVID-19 numbers soaring in Palm Beach County, and Florida statewide, it’s unclear how many will change course over the next few weeks. At least 1,268 students and teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 since school buildings reopened in mid-September.
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