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Effects Of Boca High’s Unsanctioned Prom At Marriott Not Yet Clear. Marriott Still Refuses Comment On Potential Super-Spreader Event.

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Even before the effects of this past weekend’s unsanctioned “prom” at the Boca Raton Marriott involving hundreds of students plays out, Boca Raton Community High School continues to report among the highest COVID-19 infection numbers in the Palm Beach County School District.

Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to refuse comment on the potential super-spreader event.

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As of early Wednesday morning, 48 students and 9 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since the school district began reporting in late September. It is only bested by Don Estridge High Tech Middle in Boca Raton where 48 students and 13 staff members have tested positive. The highest in Palm Beach County, with 80 cases, is Jupiter Community High.

The mask mandate, as well as social distancing directives, continue in an effort to keep students and teachers safe, which is why the focus continues on the event at the Marriott at Boca Center staged by parents who apparently placed “senior experience” over COVID safety. Photos posted to public social media pages by parents brag about the Marriott and other prom events, using hashtags similar to “BocaHighProm2021.” Multiple photos show unmasked students standing shoulder to shoulder.

The Palm Beach County School District says the events are unsanctioned, unapproved, and sadly may put teachers and other students at risk.

“These parents have jeopardized the final weeks of school for a party,” said one school official speaking to BocaNewsNow.com. “Why adults can’t act like adults is mind boggling.”

Palm Beach County School Spokeswoman Claudia Shea told BocaNewsNow.com that the school district doesn’t know exactly who attended.

“Since this was not a school event, we have no access to the list of students who attended,” said Shea. “If we receive information regarding a student who tests positive, we will do the contact tracing as required.”

Across the Palm Beach County School District, 2,055 students and 1,364 staff members have now logged positive tests for a total of 3,419 confirmed COVID cases.

Among other COVID counts:

Boca Raton Community Middle: 50 COVID-19 cases.

Calusa Elementary: 37 COVID-19 cases.

Coral Reef Elementary: 29 COVID-19 cases.

Coral Sunset Elementary: 26 COVID-19 cases.

Del Prado Elementary: 29 COVID-19 cases.

Morikami Park Elementary: 18 COVID-19 cases.

Olympic Heights Community High: 38 COVID-19 cases.

Omni Middle: 27 COVID-19 cases.

Sandpiper Shores Elementary: 13 COVID-19 cases.

Spanish River Community High: 30 COVID-19 cases.

Sunrise Park Elementary: 27 COVID-19 cases.

Verde K-8: 32 COVID-19 cases.

West Boca Raton Community High: 31 COVID-19 cases.

Whispering Pines Elementary: 29 COVID-19 cases.

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