Suspension Is Final Punishment. Multiple Opportunities To Comply First Offered In Palm Beach County School District.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District Tuesday evening unveiled its official punishment list for students who refuse to wear masks in compliance with the mandate approved by the School Board.
This is the full text of an email sent to 180,000 students and their parents or guardians. We are leaving links provided by the school district for those seeking additional clarification.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As a reminder, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the School Board approved a policy, making facial coverings mandatory for students in District-operated schools. This measure took effect on Monday, August 23, 2021, and principals have been advised to direct compliance on their campuses.
Parents and guardians, please understand that the School Board amended the facial covering policy in an effort to protect the health of our students and staff. Again, your child’s principal has been directed to carry out the will of the Board.
The only exception to this facial covering requirement is for students with ADA or 504 Plan accommodations. If your child requires an exemption from the mask requirement due to a documented disability, please submit a request for an accommodation along with a note from a licensed medical physician documenting the need for the requested accommodation to the school’s 504 coordinator.
The current policy, as approved on August 18, will remain in place for up to 90 days. However, the Board will periodically reassess the policy.
Students who do not adhere to the guidance created by the School Board, and detailed in the policy, will be subject to discipline as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct: Policy 5.1812 (K-5) and Policy 5.1813 (6-12).
The following interventions and progressive discipline will apply for students who refuse to wear a facial covering:
- Facial coverings will be offered to students who arrive at school without one.
- Non-compliance may include but is not limited to, the following in a progressive order of corrective strategies:
a. Conference with student
b. Conference with parent/guardian
c. Reiterate expectations and safety/health benefits
d. Loss of privileges (during school hours)
e. Loss of extra-curricular activitiesf. Temporary removal from class
g. In-school suspension.
h. Out of school suspension.
As the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard indicates, since August 10th, the first day of school, nearly 1,800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by students and staff on District property. In three weeks, that number is about 50 percent of the total number of cases that were reported during the entire 2020-2021 school year.
Facial coverings are meant to protect students and staff and keep our campuses as healthy as possible while we educate children.
Thank you for understanding the gravity of the pandemic, the critical importance of mitigating transmission, and the necessity for everyone to work together.
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