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Palm Beach Schools Say “No” To 3 Feet, Will Keep 6 Foot Separation Whenever Possible

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District says it is not giving in to what many have called the politically-motivated CDC announcement approving a “three foot social distance” for school children, instead of six feet.

This letter was just transmitted to parents and students from School District Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy:


The School District of Palm Beach County is proactively following safety guidelines as they pertain to mitigating the transmission of COVID-19. As a reminder, any student or employee who is experiencing any potential COVID symptoms must stay home.

Staying at home when sick, the mandatory wearing of facial coverings, health screenings, frequent sanitization, hand washing, social distancing when possible, and other safety practices on District property are collectively making a difference in mitigating transmission of the virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continually monitoring COVID-19 infection and trends and updating K-12 school guidance as new evidence emerges.

The CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings rather than 6 feet which was the original guidance.  The exception would be in situations in which facial coverings cannot be worn, such as while students are eating. 

The updated Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention is part of the CDC’s existing resources for K-12 schools to remain open for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This new guidance from the CDC does not mean that the School District of Palm Beach County will uniformly reconfigure classrooms to decrease the spacing of desks. 

Your child’s teacher will continue to distance desks as far apart as possible, in most cases by at least 6 feet, except in classes in which spacing must be reduced to between 3 and 6 feet to accommodate additional students.

Additionally, teachers keep a record of where all students sit to have this information readily available in the event that contact tracing is needed. It’s also important to note that school-based staff is continually monitoring students. Those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are sent home.

Once again, thank you for your support of the District’s COVID-19 safety protocol and procedures, which are in place to maintain healthy schools for our students and staff.

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