As Los Angeles County Mandates Vaccines, Palm Beach County School Parents, Teachers Consider Mandate Here.
Los Angeles Is 2nd Largest School District In United States, Palm Beach County School District Is 11th.
What Do You Think?
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — There is no official effort to mandate COVID-19 vaccines in the Palm Beach County School District, but that is not stopping parents, staffers and others from expressing their thoughts in the hours after the Los Angeles School District mandated COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible students and employees.
Los Angeles is the second largest school district in the United States. Palm Beach County is the 11th.
”There needs to be a mandate,” said a parent of a south Palm Beach County elementary school student and a high school student. “We’re watching numbers climb and climb. The only way to stop it is to require anyone who can get shots to get shots.”
“I am seeing many of my coworkers complain about students who won’t wear their masks correctly, but at the same time refuse to get vaccinated,” said a teacher in a Boca Raton area middle school. “I don’t get it. But I also realize there is no requirement. That really needs to change.”
“There is no way that I will let my child get vaccinated,” said the mother of a middle schooler in Boynton Beach. “No chance. I will not let the school district require my child to have chemicals in her body to be able to learn.”
That parent didn’t respond to a follow-up question about vaccines that have been required for decades. All comments were unsolicited and arrived in the hours after the Los Angeles mandate was reported nationally.
As Friday gets underway, the Palm Beach County School District is reporting 4,522 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the school year began. The count has already surpassed last year’s total. It took an entire school year to hit 3,855 cases. Friday morning, 3,929 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since early August. The infected staff count is 593.
Among the local schools reporting the most cases:
Addison Mizner Elementary with 55 cases; Boca Raton High School with 99 cases; Boca Raton Middle with 47 cases; Jupiter High with 116 cases; Loggers Run Middle with 41 cases; Omni Middle with 27 cases; Olympic Heights High School with 56 cases; Polo Park Middle with 56 cases; Verde K-8 with 51 cases; Wellington High with 100 cases; West Boca Raton Community High School with 38 cases.
The official numbers are often three days behind reality. It takes several days for the Florida Department of Health to confirm cases and conduct contact tracing before they are added to the Palm Beach County School District’s public database.
”We need a mandate,” said a mid-level administrator who asked not to be identified. “That’s the only way this stops. If we’re going to help those who can’t get a vaccine, we need to mandate that those eligible get it.”
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