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CRISIS: Palm Beach School District Orders 4,498 Kids To Stay Home

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Florida’s School Situation Worsens. Teachers Not Allowed To Live Stream Lessons, DeSantis Said No To “Distance” Learning.

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BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Nearly 4,500 students are being told to stay home when school resumes Monday morning in the Palm Beach County School District.

Those students, officially 4,498 of them, are under “stay home” orders after testing positive for COVID-19, or being exposed to students or teachers who are positive for COVID.

While only the Florida Department of Health can order a “quarantine,” the school district does have the authority to require that students and teachers stay home until certain criteria is met. We reported on the new rules late last week. See the official school district guidance here.

With the “stay home” order comes the full impact of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on virtual or “distance” learning. Children required to stay home have no “live” learning. They are limited to downloading work and completing that work on their own.

“Governor DeSantis is destroying these kids,” said a school district employee who asked not to be identified. “We are not allowed to live stream our lessons. We are not allowed to use Google Meet like we did last year. These kids are being hung out to dry by a Governor who couldn’t care less about their education.”

In Palm Beach County alone, 1,202 students have tested positive for COVID-19, with 188 employees also reporting a positive test. That brings the Palm Beach County School District’s total to 1,390 as of mid-day Sunday. School officials confirm that the District’s reporting dashboard is often three days behind “reality,” as it takes time for the Florida Department of Health to verify cases that have been reported to the school district.

Among the notable infection counts:

Addison Mizner Elementary: 19 students and 2 employees.

Binks Forest Elementary: 15 students.

Boca Raton Community High School: 22 students and 2 employees.

Boca Raton Community Middle: 10 students and 1 employee.

Boca Raton Elementary: 3 students and 1 employee.

Calusa Elementary: 18 students and 2 employees.

Coral Reef Elementary: 26 students and 3 employees.

Don Estridge High Tech Middle: 14 students.

Frontier Elementary: 15 students and 2 employees.

Independence Middle: 11 students.

Jupiter Community High: 40 students.

Loggers’ Run Community Middle: 14 students and 3 employees.

Morikami Park Elementary: 10 students and 1 employee.

Olympic Heights Community High: 21 students and 3 employees.

Omni Middle: 3 students and 3 employees.

Palm Beach Central High: 31 students.

Palm Beach Lakes Community High: 25 students and 2 employees.

Park Vista Community High: 17 students and 1 employee.

Polo Park Middle: 11 students.

Sandpiper Shores Elementary: 6 students.

Santaluces Community High: 16 students and 2 employees.

Sunrise Park Elementary: 7 students.

Sunset Palms Elementary: 28 students and 1 employee.

Waters Edge Elementary: 2 students and 1 employee.

Wellington Community High: 28 students.

West Boca Raton Community High: 17 students and 3 employees.

Whispering Pines Elementary: 2 students.

Woodlands Middle: 21 students and 3 employees.


Paul Saperstein


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