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Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:40 PM

2 Days Into The School Year, A Florida District Asked 440 Students To Quarantine

Source: NPR

Palm Beach County, Fla., has asked 440 students to quarantine just two days into the school year, after 51 students and faculty had confirmed cases on COVID-19.

The School District of Palm Beach County, the 10th largest school district in the country, teaches an estimated 197,000 students, according to the district's website. While students and staff are required to wear masks in the district, Interim School District Superintendent Michael Burke said in an interview with MSNBC that 5,700 Palm Beach students have opted out, per an order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that allows parents to give permission to their children to do so.

Burke blamed the opt-out rule as the reason for the spike in cases, calling on DeSantis to make changes to protect students from infection.

"The governor has got to take responsibility for establishing the ground rules we're operating under," Burke said. "This ability for families to opt out is leading to more cases, which will ultimately send more kids home and deprive them of that traditional classroom experience."

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/12/1027222426/palm-beach-florida-school-district-440-students-quarantine-covid

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Reply 2 Days Into The School Year, A Florida District Asked 440 Students To Quarantine (Original post)
SouthBayDem Aug 12 OP
turbinetree Aug 12 #1
Srkdqltr Aug 12 #2
elleng Aug 12 #3
SergeStorms Aug 12 #4
BigmanPigman Aug 12 #5
happybird Aug 12 #14
BigmanPigman Aug 12 #15
BumRushDaShow Aug 12 #6
snowybirdie Aug 12 #11
BumRushDaShow Aug 12 #13
aggiesal Aug 12 #7
monkeyman1 Aug 12 #8
Evolve Dammit Aug 12 #9
Jon King Aug 12 #10
C Moon Aug 12 #12
Moebym Aug 12 #16
riversedge Aug 13 #18
krkaufman Aug 12 #17
sanatanadharma Aug 13 #19
Bayard Aug 13 #20

Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:41 PM

1. There despot governor is going to jet off to a fund raiser in Nevada....

he could care less about these kids, workers, parents, just so long as he can get the white house oval office to redecorate.....

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:43 PM

2. Gee..... who would have thought this would happen?

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:45 PM

3. 'Burke blamed the opt-out rule as the reason for the spike in cases,

calling on DeSantis to make changes to protect students from infection.'

Predicting chaos in ##### states. I won't bet on futures for those state's decision-makers, but I will hope.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:53 PM

4. "The Governor has got to take responsibility ".

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 08:59 PM

5. This is the beginning.....

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 10:17 PM

14. I can't believe schools are reopening. It's going to be a disaster, everywhere.

A friend is a grade school teacher and said this cartoon is exactly what she is expecting.
(Fortunately for her, she’s on maternity leave. Baby is due any day now...)

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Response to happybird (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 10:26 PM

15. In my classroom they'd wear their masks

or else they'd be facing consequences. I ran a group that supported each other and followed rules that they understood completely. You can manage them, you just need good classroom management as a foundation from the 1st day of school (and I taught 1st graders mostly). I am concerned about the kids when they aren't under a teacher's control in a classroom, like hanging out with kids who don't wear them.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:11 PM

6. I had read yesterday that there were 4 "tiny" (the way AP characterized it) school districts in GA

that went into school quarantines (but then the article mentions a larger school system in Savannah that also had to quarantine) -

4 Georgia districts stop in-person classes due to COVID

By JEFF AMY August 11, 2021

ATLANTA (AP) — Four tiny Georgia public school districts have temporarily shut down in-person instruction within days of starting school, saying high COVID-19 case counts among students and staff makes it unsafe to continue. Other districts have closed individual schools or sent hundreds of students into quarantine after exposure to people with COVID-19. The 1,100-student Macon County district on Wednesday became the fourth district to suspend in-person classes, following the smaller Taliaferro, Glascock and Talbot counties in recent days. The four districts combined serve a fraction of 1% of Georgia’s 1.7 million students.

“The difference now in this outbreak that we see than the outbreak that happened last school year is that this seems to be more centered on kids, rather than adults, so that scares me to death,” Talbot County Superintendent Jack Catrett told WTVM-TV. The moves show the difficulty of keeping schools open as COVID-19 surges across Georgia, despite the determination of local school leaders to focus on in-person classes this year. Clayton County stopped in-person instruction at an elementary school because of COVID-19. In the Savannah-Chatham district, 230 of the district’s 36,000 students have tested positive, while more than 1,100 students have been quarantined because of exposure.

Of roughly 5,000 employees, 36 have tested positive and another 72 are quarantined. Sumter County quarantined unvaccinated high school football players. Catrett said it was necessary to close the entire district because all grades share the same building in the 500-student district. Talbot students are relying on paper packets to work remotely, while other districts have issued computers for students to take home. “It’s terrible not to have them here. When you walk through our halls it’s sad, there’s no children,” Catrett told WRBL-TV. The district is supposed to return to in-person classes on Monday, but Catrett said the closure could be extended based on contact tracing.

Larger districts, though, are determined to keep teaching in person. “We worked really hard to get to five days a week and that’s what we’re going to stay,” Savannah-Chatham Superintendent Ann Levett told WTOC-TV, adding that “we’re not going to do that at the risk of detriment to health and safety.” Georgia’s case count continues to rise, with the seven-day rolling average climbing above 5,600 on Wednesday, the worst since Feb. 1. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals is also rising rapidly, exceeding 3,800 on Wednesday even as many hospital executives warn they don’t have enough beds and staff to care for surging patients loads.

https://apnews.com/article/health-education-georgia-coronavirus-pandemic-cb8ce8cfeb8a705b70d9073bd5383e9a


It's literally like if they don't "see" the viral particles, then they don't exist.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:50 PM

11. Leaving this here.

https://m.&feature=youtu.bethos

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:57 PM

13. Thank you!

I have cousins and an aunt who are living in the metro Atlanta area and I know it's a mess down there.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:22 PM

7. The word "Duh" comes to mind. ...

Putting kids at risk of a deadly virus should be child endangerment, and this should apply to Gov. DeSantis.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:35 PM

8. that's exactly what I said yesterday !!

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:37 PM

9. Tip of the iceburg. They are playing with death. Literally.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:38 PM

10. We live next to 2 schools in that district, kids wear masks around neck.

The parents and teachers say the kids just won't keep the masks on. Our next door neighbor is a school administrator. The second they are out of teacher's sight, its mask around the necks. Cafeteria, playground, gym, halls, bath rooms, school bus, the second they leave to go home. The massive groups of kids we see walking home, laughing together within inches of each other, masks around the neck. Obviously the parents tried.

Going to be up to adults to get everyone over 12 vaccinated. Depending on kids to wear masks is a good goal, but likely not the way out of this.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:57 PM

12. I think he's being told to keep the virus alive through the mid terms.

The GOP doesn't want the economy to improve.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 10:27 PM

16. This. Was. ENTIRELY. Preventable.

But for parents and a governor who valued individual freedoms over public health, thereby limiting everyone's freedom to live free from disease.

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Response to Moebym (Reply #16)

Fri Aug 13, 2021, 06:27 AM

18. THIS!!

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 11:02 PM

17. Ignore DeSantis?

Burke blamed the opt-out rule as the reason for the spike in cases, calling on DeSantis to make changes to protect students from infection.

Some districts are ignoring DeSantis' threats Re: mask mandates, so why can't this school district say that public health requires that the opt-out be opted-out?

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri Aug 13, 2021, 07:54 AM

19. It will happen, a masked child will die in a class that has opt-out kids

The family of any covid-19 positive opt-out child will be sued by the family of the dead child.

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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Fri Aug 13, 2021, 12:25 PM

20. Both parents and kids

Should be required to watch video of kids on ventilators.

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