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Officials Fear Parents, Students, Teachers Making Poor Holiday Choices Will Lead To January Crisis…


BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District Monday logged 202 new COVID-19 cases, the single largest new case count since September 13th. That brings the school year’s total to 7,327 confirmed COVID cases — nearly six times the number of cases the school district had recorded this time last year.

Winter break 2020 came with just 1,268 cases on the books. Winter break this year starts on Wednesday.

With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis still prohibiting mandatory masking, the Palm Beach County School District sent an urgent plea to parents, teachers, and students late Monday — encouraging everyone to wear masks in school and to make smart choices while on winter break. There is significant concern that families will make poor choices over the next two weeks while traveling or welcoming visitors, leading to a massive COVID meltdown when school resumes in January.

Among the area schools reporting the largest number of new cases: Spanish River High School, Loggers Run Middle School, Olympic Heights High School, Binks Forest Elementary, Calusa Elementary, Omni Middle School, and Sunrise Park Elementary.

The Palm Beach County COVID-19 positivity rate is now surging — up more than four points over the past several days to more than 8 percent.


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