School District Still Suffers As Students, Employees Spread COVID. Mask Mandate Continues.
BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District just passed a milestone — 6,015 COVID-19 cases as of early Saturday morning.
The entire case count for the 2020-2021 school year — considered exceptionally high at the time — was 3,855. The school district may double that by the end of the first semester.
Among the schools with the highest case counts are schools where parents have been the most vociferous against masking. Calusa Elementary — which BocaNewsNow.com reported was considered a “hotspot” by health officials last year due to parents who routinely sent sick kids to school because moms couldn’t miss “spa days,” is reporting 59 cases. Boca Raton High — where students held an “unofficial” dance at the Boca Raton Marriott in the spring, now reports 120 cases.
Other schools with notable counts:
Boca Raton Middle: 56 COVID-19 cases.
Congress Middle: 49 COVID-19 cases.
Del Prado Elementary: 28 COVID-19 cases.
Don Estridge High Tech Middle: 37 COVID-19 cases.
Eagles Landing Middle: 59 COVID-19 cases.
Hammock Pointe Elementary: 46 COVID-19 cases.
Independence Middle: 47 COVID-19 cases.
Jupiter High School: 141 COVID-19 cases.
Loggers Run Middle: 53 COVID-19 cases.
Morikami Park Elementary: 33 COVID-19 cases.
Olympic Heights High: 71 COVID-19 cases.
Omni Middle: 43 COVID-19 cases.
Panther Run Elementary: 35 COVID-19 cases.
Polo Park Middle: 77 COVID-19 cases.
Spanish River High School: 77 COVID-19 cases.
Sunrise Park Elementary: 40 COVID-19 cases.
Verde K-8: 64 COVID-19 cases.
Wellington Elementary: 46 COVID-19 cases.
Wellington High School: 127 COVID-19 cases.
West Boca Raton Community High: 54 COVID-19 cases.
Whispering Pines Elementary: 31 COVID-19 cases. (Parents allege school administrators here are underreporting cases. A teacher reported a positive case that was never communicated to the school community until BocaNewsNow.com reported on the issue earlier this week).
Despite hype from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the mask mandate continues in the Palm Beach County School District, where officials tell BocaNewsNow.com that most students and employees are just “ignoring” the anti-masking parents. According to officials, almost all students are compliant.
”They want to protect their friends,” said a school source. “They do the right thing.”
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