School District Triples Last Year’s Complete Case Count. And The School Year Is Only Half Over.
BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County School District is facing continued COVID-19 problems that appear to be diverging from what the rest of the region is experiencing.
Over the past ten days, the school district has logged at least 2,043 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total this school year to 11,797. During the entire 2020-2021 school year, the District recorded 3,855 cases. The count seemed unfathomable at the time, but just halfway through this year, last year’s record has been tripled. Of those infected, 9,828 are students, while 1,968 are employees.
Sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that administrators feel helpless and frustrated. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fought for and won the ability to prohibit mandatory student masking. Employees and guests are required to wear masks on campus.
“We’re watching parents make horrible choices for their kids. That’s how COVID spreads,” said an employee. “It’s just that simple. A small group of anti-masking parents are sending their kids to school without masks, and that’s spreading COVID like wildfire.”
Among South Palm Beach County Schools with the most COVID cases: Olympic Heights High with 213; Spanish River High with 184; Boca Raton High School with 176; West Boca Raton Community High with 171; Eagles Landing Middle School with 150; Addison Mizner Elementary with 129; Verde K-8 with 124; Calusa Elementary with 123; Omni Middle with 119.
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