Campus Reopenings Bring New Policies and Guidelines

Campus Reopenings Bring New Policies and Guidelines
Posted on 09/11/2020

The School District of Palm Beach County welcomes students back to campuses on Monday, September 21, 2020. The District will continue to collaborate and provide the community with additional information about the new processes and procedures that have been established to help everyone maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

The District has created a COVID-19 Guiding Document which contains helpful information for parents/guardians, students, and staff. The electronic document can be viewed here

Any information in the COVID-19 Guiding Document that is underlined is a hyperlink, which means once it’s clicked, the reader will be directed to another page, document, or video with additional information on that particular topic.

Page numbers listed in the index are also hyperlinked to assist in quickly locating specific information within the Guide. The community is encouraged to review the entire Guiding Document, paying special attention to the subjects listed below:

• Technology Brought to Campus Daily: Page 11
• Visitor Protocols: Page 12
• Face Covering Requirements on Buses and in School: Page 13
• Classroom Spacing and Configuration: Page 15
• Link to Cleaning Guidelines for COVID-19: Page 17
• Clinic Processes: Page 22
• COVID Protocols for Students When Testing Positive: Page 22
• Lunch and Cafeteria: Page 14 and Page 25
• Transportation (Buses): Page 30

The District has also created a comprehensive FAQ page that will answer many of your questions: palmbeachschools.org/ReopeningSchoolsFAQ.

The staff at every District school are available to answer questions pertaining to the school plans. Each child’s teacher should always be the first point of contact. Additionally, there are many other sources of information available to assist families.

The Communications helpline will remain open through late September to answer questions. Operators are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. The number for the hotline is (561) 969-5840.

The IT Helpline is also available for technical questions regarding a child’s District-issued computer. That number is (561) 242-4100.

Upon returning to school on September 21, students will immediately notice that campuses have undergone several modifications to keep children and staff safe. The following short videos were created to help staff prepare for the arrival of students. The videos will provide an overview of some of the processes in place (click on the titles below to view):

Desk Spacing and Safety
Hallway Traffic and Signage
Isolation Areas
Overflow Spaces
Visitor Protocols

It is important for parents to indicate their choice of instruction (distance or in-person), by filling out the Make Your Choice survey located in the Student Portal. Parents can return to the Portal and change their choice. Please note that fulfilling a new instruction preference may take up to one week to process.

Parents are also encouraged to verify that the contact information the District has on file for their family is accurate. This short video explains the verification process: Verify Your Contact Information.

Children have not been on a campus setting for about six months. Understandably they will be excited to see their friends. However, it’s important to remind them that social distancing guidelines that are now in place were created for their protection.

It is paramount they understand that new procedures must be followed. Since children last attended classes, the District approved a COVID-19 Student Policy. Please also be aware of the District’s Student Code of Conduct.

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