Our PTSA believes in communication and it has been the cornerstone of our organization. We will be posting the latest state recommendations, district responses, school-related, and community information as a result of the Coronavirus.
Do not overcrowd spaces, stay a minimum of three feet apart from other people, wipe down work stations, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly. If you are feeling unwell, stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.
- Important Update - Facial Coverings (updated 11/04/2021)
- Important Information about Voluntary Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites (updated 09/03/2021)
- Updated Protocols for Athletic Events
- Student Protocols for COVID-19
- Please visit the Reopening Schools webpage for more detailed information and resources.
- Please refer to the Palm Beach School website for more details and updates.
Palm Beach School District Announcements- Official Website
Parents, Guardians and staff:
Based on a new development at the State level, the School District will be moving to an opt-out status for facial coverings for students in all grade levels beginning this Monday, November 8, rather than on November 15 as you were originally informed. A ruling yesterday by Division of Administrative Hearings Judge Newman found the Department of Health’s Emergency Rule 64DER21-15 to be valid, therefore, a parent face covering opt-out will be reinstated effective Monday, November 8, 2021.
Voluntary Covid-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites
Parents and Guardians,
The School District is pleased to announce two separate voluntary COVID-19 initiatives that are intended to provide convenience and accessibility for those of you who would like to have your children tested for coronavirus and, or, be immunized with the Pfizer-BioNTECH vaccine which is authorized for those who are 12 years and older.
As these are two separate initiatives, the information provided to you for each is separated.
Free Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for District Students
The District is collaborating with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County to offer free, COVID-19, BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing for all District students. Tests are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no opportunity for making an appointment. Simply show up with a form of government identification such as a driver's license, or U.S. or foreign government passport.
The drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will offer convenient testing and timely results to help determine if your child is positive or negative for the virus. If your child is currently under a Stay-Home Directive or quarantine, a negative result may be presented to your child’s school as documentation of his or her testing status.
Please note, only results from tests given by a licensed medical facility, such as a testing site or clinic, will be accepted for approval to return to school. Any results from a home test will NOT be accepted by the District.
The location at which the District is offering Rapid Antigen testing:
Chuck Shaw Technical Education Center - 9/8/2021 to 10/1/2021 - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
4260 Westgate Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
A parent or guardian will be asked to complete a consent form on site prior to the test being administered, and a parent or guardian must be present with a child under the age of 18. Test locations, times, and more information on the test are available on the School District’s drive-thru COVID-19 rapid testing site webpage.
The parent or guardian of a child who is tested will be contacted by the Department of Health with the results.
Free Pfizer Vaccinations for District Students and Family Members
The District’s second voluntary initiative, which also begins on September 8, 2021, is offered in partnership with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
The Health Care District will offer free, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to students, 12 and older, and family members. Students ages 12 to 17 must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine. Students over the age of 18 do not need to be accompanied by a parent. There is no opportunity to make an appointment. Simply arrive at a designated immunization site with a form of government identification and the completed consent form.
The Health Care District’s Mobile Clinic will visit all District-operated high schools throughout September and will return to these locations three weeks later to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
For the schedule of locations and times, information on the vaccine and to download the Health Care District’s consent forms, visit the School District’s Mobile Vaccination Clinic webpage.
These campuses have been selected due to their proximity to nearby middle and elementary schools. Students from surrounding schools are invited to the designated sites to receive the vaccine.
No booster vaccines will be administered at these locations. Those being immunized will be monitored for 15 minutes following the shot.
NOTE: Neither the COVID-19 vaccine nor COVID-19 testing is required for any student or staff member of the School District of Palm Beach County. Both services are completely voluntary.
If you have any medical questions about COVID-19, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline (open 24/7) by phone at 866-779-6121 or by email at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Protocols for Athletic Events
As part of an ongoing effort to keep students and visitors in the Palm Beach County School District safe, protocols for all athletic events have been updated.
Effective Monday, August 23, 2021:
- Spectator capacity has been reduced to 50%, allowing a maximum of 2,000 spectators in a stadium, and 700 in a gym. The swim deck at Boca Raton Community High School will also have a 50% spectator capacity as well.
- Digital ticketing is available. Download the GoFan app or visit GoFan.co to purchase tickets online before the event.
- Concessions (when available) will have bottled beverage options and pre-packaged snacks available for purchase.
- Masks will be required for all spectators both outdoors and indoors in compliance with School Board Board Policy 2.065.
- Social distancing will be incorporated into venue seating plans for spectators as best as possible to comply with the 50% capacity level requirement. Distancing is strongly recommended at all events, both indoors and outdoors.
- Practices will be closed to the public on all 24 traditional public high school campuses, with the exception of college coaches and recruiters.
- Sanitization of bleachers and equipment will occur after each event, utilizing the UNX Disinfecting program.
The School District will be hosting a Facebook Live on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss athletic protocols and answer questions. To watch and participate, visit the School District’s Facebook page.
Digital Remote Learning - Virtual Instruction (Update 3/29/2020)
Per the Governor's executive order, there is no virtual instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatments Available Now
Monoclonal antibody treatments can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. These treatments are widely available in Florida.
- Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter. If you are 12 years and older and are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, you are eligible for this treatment.
- No prescription or doctor referral is needed.
- In clinical trials, monoclonal antibody treatment showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and death.
- For high-risk patients who have been exposed to someone with COVID19, Regeneron can give you temporary immunity to decrease your odds of catching the infection by over 80%.
- Treatment is not a substitute for vaccination. And yes, people can still get vaccinated after receiving a monoclonal antibody treatment, but they have to wait at least 90 days to do so.
- West Gate Park, 3691 Oswego Avenue, West Palm Beach - Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM
- Registration is REQUIRED
- The School District is offering free Rapid Antigen Testing for District Students. Click here for more information.
- Alternate testing sites are:
COVID-19 Antigen Test
- These tests will be administered on campus to teachers/students who may be showing symptoms.
- Only those students whose parent has filled out and returned the Antigen Consent Form.
COVID Vaccination Information
- The School District of Palm Beach County has created a COVID Vaccination Information page.
- The district is offering Free Pfizer Vaccinations for District Students and Family Members - click here for schedules, locations and consent forms, please click here.