With Palm Beach County readying to reopen schools for in-person classes, possibly as early as two weeks from now, School Board members are scrambling to finalize policies that “should have been in place months ago.”
During Wednesday’s school board meeting, officials didn’t hold back their frustration as the school district discussed numerous issues, including sick leave for teachers because of COVID-19 and how they’ll determine which teachers will be allowed to work remotely. It remains to be seen how the rush to be ready will affect how smoothly it goes whenever schools do reopen.
“The parent emails and teacher emails were getting are, ’How can I possibly make decisions on what I want to do until we have all the information?” School Board chairman Frank Barbieri said.”We don’t have the information out there and we’re going to start school in a week-and-a-half?
Earlier week, Palm Beach County commissioners voted to ask the governor to enter Phase 2 of reopening this upcoming Tuesday. The Palm Beach County School District has long said it will reopen brick-and-mortar schools one week after entering Phase 2, meaning more that 170,000 students and their families could have the option to return to campuses by mid-month.