BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The first data from the Palm Beach County School District’s COVID-19 tracking system is now public and reveals that the school year started Tuesday with five employees testing positive for COVID-19.
The employees work at Eagles Landing Middle School, Olympic Heights High School, Howell Watkins Middle School, John Leonard High School, and the District’s building and maintenance department.
The school district’s tracking system is historically several days behind reality, so it was not immediately clear the true, realtime status of COVID-19 as the school year began on Tuesday.
BocaNewsNow.com is aware of several “robocalls” received by parents of several schools throughout the area announcing that individuals testing positive for COVID-19 had been on school property just before, or on, the first day of school.
The school district ended the 2020-2021 school year with a total of 3,855 cases of confirmed COVID-19.
Officials are reminding parents that students must quarantine for at least ten days if they test positive for COVID-19. Parents or guardians must then obtain official certification from the Florida Department of Health proving a “negative” test before returning to school. Any parent who believes they can hide their child’s positive result will apparently find out quickly that full disclosure is required, and a system is in place to ensure compliance. While all positive tests must be reported to the school district by a parent, any test processed by a medical facility or a lab, even mail-in tests from Labcorp and Quest — are reported to the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Department of Health communicates with school districts.
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