COVID-19 Case Count Continues To Rise, Now 6,139 Infected In Palm Beach County School District.
BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School Board today is expected to approve updated policies and procedures for COVID-19.
Among the updates: The mask mandate isn’t going anywhere, and parents and guardians are required to keep symptomatic children at home. The moves seem designed to end any belief that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ move to ban mask mandates and allow parents to decide whether COVID-exposed kids should stay home or not is actually his decision.
While the Palm Beach County School Board largely supported DeSantis’ move to end unnecessary quarantines of children who may or may not have been near others with confirmed COVID-19 cases, the policies affirm that there is no question if kids are sick. They must stay home.
From the agenda item to be approved today:
The proposed Emergency Policy 5.3261 Emergency Protocols and Prevention Strategies for Students Due to COVID-19 will facilitate the continuous operations of the District by protecting the health, safety and welfare of students by implementing COVID-19 protocols included in the Florida Department of Health Emergency Rule 64DER21-15. The proposed rule includes:
o Families must screen students and keep students at home if they exhibit signs of COVID-19.
o Students will be encouraged to practice routine handwashing throughout the day.
o Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of classrooms and high traffic areas.
o The Superintendent shall consider local health conditions and transmission risk as reported by the Centers of Disease Control prior to issuing periodic guidance and directives aligned with the recommendations of public health officials or applicable government guidance and orders.
o Detailed protocols for symptomatic or COVID-19 positive students
o Detailed protocols for students with exposure to COVID 19
o Written parental consent is required prior to testing any minor for COVID-19.
o Facial covering requirements and available exemptions for documented ADA or 504 accommodations.
ADA and 504 exemptions are federal, which means any family lying about the need for exemption could face federal penalties if prosecuted.
Read the complete agenda item, below. If it does not appear, access the document here.Policy-5.3261-Emergency-Adoption-100621
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