Superintendent's Reopening of Schools Task Force

Superintendent's Reopening of Schools Task Force Presents Opening Options to Board
Posted on 07/07/2020
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The School District of Palm Beach County is working diligently to carefully assess conditions and weigh all available options in deciding the structure for the 2020-2021 school year.

To support that important effort, the District has established a Health Advisory Committee (HAC) to discuss the reopening of schools. Additionally, a Reopening Task Force (RTF) has been instituted, charged in part with surveying parents and staff to gather their opinions about reopening schools.

The HAC maintains frequent contact with federal, state, and local government and public health agencies for the most current information, including the latest guidelines and recommendations issued for K-12 schools.

The Committee consists of medical professionals and District personnel who engage in daily planning and discussion to share important updates, review the District’s pandemic protocols, and provide guidance and communication to Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II.

The HAC will continue to advise the Superintendent throughout the 2020-2021 school year, to ensure that appropriate decisions are being made in real-time, using all available data. Thus far, the HAC has completed a preliminary survey to gather initial feedback from its members, and met twice with the Superintendent to present their findings. View the list of members of the Health Advisory Committee.

The Reopening Task Force is comprised of high-ranking District administrative and school-based personnel who are responsible for presenting considerations, implications, and possibilities of reopening options for the 2020-2021 school year.

Over the past several weeks, the RTF has worked in collaboration with project managers representing all divisions and departments to craft meaningful reopening options while weighing input collected from parents, guardians, and employees through surveys and town hall events.

On June 10 during a virtual workshop, the RTF made a presentation to the School Board. The RTF will follow up with another presentation to the Board with considerations and viable reopening options, during the July 8 workshop.

The information shared by the RTF on July 8 will be used by the Superintendent and District staff to finalize reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The School Board is scheduled to vote to approve any final plans during the July 15 regular School Board Meeting.

Emphasis will be on the safety and security of all students and staff, prioritizing an equitable environment for all students, and ensuring high-quality instruction. View the list of members of the Reopening Task Force.

The public is encouraged to watch the board meetings live on palmbeachschools.org, on Comcast channel 235, or AT&T U-verse channel 99.

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