District Protocols for 2021-2022 School Year

District Updates Protocols for 2021-2022 School Year
Posted on 06/29/2021
Time to Shine

During the Board Workshop on June 23, Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II outlined the changes to existing COVID-19 protocols that will take effect when schools reopen on August 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Our back to school theme will be Your Time to Shine as we will be reopening schools fully to in-person instruction and returning to normal activity that will empower and engage our students academically and emotionally,” Fennoy said.

Changes to current protocols for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • All students will return to face-to-face instruction. For families who wish to remain in virtual education, Palm Beach Virtual and Florida Virtual are options for online instruction.
  • Effective August 7, 2021, students are required to wear facial coverings inside schools and on buses, unless the student’s parent/guardian chooses to opt out of this requirement. In order to opt out, parents who do not want their student wearing a facial covering must send a signed note to school informing the child’s first period teacher of this decision.
    District staff and visitors are required to wear facial coverings inside schools, District transportation, or inside any District operated ancillary building. The Superintendent will reevaluate the status of facial coverings every 30 days.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged to the extent possible.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be assigned to distance learning when self-isolating or in quarantine. While students must remain home, makeup work will be provided to the student.
  • Middle school and high school athletics will return in accordance with the Florida High School Athletics Association. Concessions will also reopen.
  • Clubs and school performances will resume in-person across all grade levels.
  • Field trips will resume, as well as before and afterschool programs.
  • Visitors and school volunteers can return to schools and must comply with all directions from school or office administrators.
  • Students must continue to Register Your Ride for bus transportation.
  • Social distancing is still encouraged at bus stops.
  • Lunches will be served and consumed in cafeterias. Breakfasts will be served in the cafeteria and grab-and-go breakfast is available where offered. Breakfast can be consumed in the classroom at the school’s discretion.
  • Students will utilize student IDs for meals (recommended as of the first day of school and mandatory starting October 4th).

Current protocols that will remain in place:

  • The COVID-19 vaccination remains optional for all students and staff. Information on where to find the COVID-19 vaccination is available on the COVID-19 Vaccination Information webpage.
  • Contact tracing will continue to be conducted by the Florida Department of Health and Health Care District in collaboration with District staff. School nurses will continue to provide COVID-19 rapid tests where available, for symptomatic students with parental permission.
  • Plexiglass will remain in common areas, and signage will remain to control student movement patterns.
  • Each school has a Clorox 360 electrostatic cleaning device for enhanced cleaning.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation in all schools and offices will continue.
  • Group restrooms will continue to have enhanced cleaning up to three times per day, and supplies will be continually replenished.
  • MERV-13 filters will continue to be used on all compatible units.
  • Students must register for bus transportation in the Register My Ride portal. School bus drivers will continue to sanitize high-touch areas between routes and buses will continue to be sanitized with electrostatic sprayers.
  • The COVID-19 Dashboard will be in effect for the 2021-2022 school year.

The changes to current policies will be brought to the School Board for formal adoption later this summer. In the meantime, current COVID-19 protocols remain in effect for summer school and activities conducted on school campuses prior to the start of school for 2021-2022.

The Superintendent is afforded the authority by the School Board to suspend portions of the COVID-19 protocols for students, staff, and visitors when necessary.

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