Questions Asked About Major Hotel Which Allegedly Hosted Event.
Suggestions Of Racial Exclusions From Invite-Only Event.
Boca Raton High School Among Highest COVID Counts In Palm Beach County.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 3:17 p.m. Read our follow-up report here.
UPDATE: 12:46 p.m: School District says it will provide COVID testing to any student who took part in the weekend activities. While tests are limited, they will be made available to any student who expresses concern of infection.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — BocaNewsNow.com has learned that an investigation may be underway into a parent — or several parents — who staged a “Boca High School Prom” at a Central Boca Raton hotel in violation of COVID-19 social distancing rules and regulations still in effect. (News app readers access our full report).
The prom, which social media suggests was held over the weekend, allegedly was invite-only. BocaNewsNow.com has received complaints that the “prom,” while not only violating COVID-19 masking and distancing rules, excluded students of various ethnic or racial backgrounds.
The “prom” was one of what sources now tell BocaNewsNow.com were multiple high school senior events held over the weekend. Photos of one event posted to social media show a largely white group of students at an area country club. Whether that was a pre-prom photo shoot, or a separate event, is unclear.
Parents were seemingly aware of and sanctioned the events, despite COVID-19 rates climbing in the area. This was posted to Facebook on Monday from one of the “proms.”
Boca Raton Community High School has consistently reported the highest — or among the highest — number of COVID-19 infections in the Palm Beach County School District. The total, as of early Tuesday morning, is now 57 COVID-19 infections.
It was not immediately clear if the Palm Beach County School District knew the “proms” were staged or made any effort to dissuade parents from holding potential super-spreader events. BocaNewsNow.com is awaiting comment from the national hotel chain which allegedly hosted one of the events. The brand has been at the forefront of COVID-19 rule and regulation enforcement. Another event was reportedly held at an area country club.
It was also not immediately clear if the colleges considering — or accepting — the participants could reconsider based on their participation. The names of students involved are circulating social media.
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