BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District is on the cusp of 5,000 COVID-19 cases — a number unthinking just months ago when the total for the 2020-2021 school year hit 3,855.
Just weeks into the new school year, the Delta variant is spreading at high speed among students and staffers.
As of early Monday morning, September 13, 2021, the Palm Beach County School District reports 4,112 students and 623 employees have been infected with COVID-19 during the very short school year. Thousands more are under “stay home” directives without access to “distance learning” due to a ban by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Those students can only download work and complete it on their own. Teachers are allowed to — but not required to — volunteer to help students remotely on their own time.
The current official list of schools and their infection counts appears below. We note that the numbers are lower than reality. While parents may be told of suspected cases in a specific school via robocall or other method, the school district doesn’t add those cases to its official list until they are verified by the Florida Department of Health.
It often takes takes several days for that verification — and related contact tracing — to occur.
The total is now 4,735 COVID-19 cases. At the current pace, the Palm Beach County School District will hit 5,000 cases later this week.
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