Boca Raton Community High School With Massive Case Count. Olympic Heights Jumps To New High.
School Board Meeting Today…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — In a dramatic uptick, the Palm Beach County School District jumped from 341 students with confirmed COVID-19 to 577 in less than a day.
The report of 341 students was made Tuesday morning. By Tuesday night, that number had grown by more than 230.
In total, 672 students and teachers have now tested positive for COVID-19, and the number of quarantined students is believed to be in the low thousands. Every student who came into close contact with a student with a confirmed infection must stay home for as long as ten days.
With no “distance” learning option this year, those quarantined students are left with no option but to download work to complete independently. They have no interaction with the teacher, due to an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that prohibits school districts from offering live streaming learning as they did last year.
In Palm Beach County, these are some of the schools with notable COVID-19 counts:
Boca Raton Community High School: 16 students.
Boca Raton Community Middle: 3 students.
Boca Raton Elementary: 2 students.
Calusa Elementary: 9 students, 1 employee.
Coral Reef Elementary: 5 students, 2 employees.
Del Prada Elementary: 3 students.
Diamond View Elementary: 2 students, 2 employees.
Discovery Key Elementary: 6 students, 2 employees.
Don Estridge High Tech Middle: 5 students.
Eagles Landing Middle: 3 students, 1 employee.
Equestrian Trails Elementary: 7 students, 1 employee.
Frontier Elementary: 7 students, 1 employee.
H.L. Johnson Elementary: 9 students.
Independence Middle: 6 students.
Jupiter Community High: 30 students.
Loggers’ Run Community Middle: 7 students, 3 employees.
Marsh Pointe Elementary: 12 students, 2 employees.
Morikami Park Elementary: 7 students, 1 employee.
Olympic Heights Community High: 13 students, 3 employees.
Omni Middle: 3 employees.
Palm Beach Central High: 14 students, 1 employee.
Panther Run Elementary: 11 students.
Plumosa School of the Arts: 2 students.
Polo Park Middle: 4 students.
Rolling Green Elementary: 16 students, 2 employees.
S.D. Spade Elementary: 2 students.
Sandpiper Shores: 4 students.
Seminole Ridge Community High: 12 students.
Spanish River Community High: 2 students.
Sunrise Park Elementary: 5 students.
Sunset Palms Elementary: 17 students, 1 employee.
Verde K-8: 2 student cases.
Waters Edge Elementary: 1 student, 1 employe.
Welling Community High: 23 students.
West Boca Raton Community High: 6 students, 1 employee.
Whispering Pines Elementary: 1 student.
Woodlands Middle: 10 students, 2 employees.
The true case count is likely higher, and potentially much higher, than 672. The school district reports cases publicly several days after officials are first made aware of a potential infection. In most circumstances, a principal alerts the health department, which then verifies the case and reports back to the school district.
The rising case count is expected to be discussed during today’s school board meeting in which members are expected to ratify emergency policies involving masks, graduation requirements, student and teacher safety protocols.
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