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UPDATE: Palm Beach County’s school board voted to give district superintendent Donald Fennoy emergency authority during the coronavirus shutdown and transition to online learning. The vote was 6-0 at their final in-person meeting before at least June 30. School board president Frank Barbieri Jr. presided over the meeting on Wednesday. The board will continue to communicate with Fennoy via their home offices.

The governor ordered all public schools to remain closed until at least April 15. Online learning live and recorded and help should be up and running by March 31. Full-time employees on the payroll will be paid but not temporary workers like mentors and substitutes.

That’s among today’s update by the School District of Palm Beach County to keep parents and employees in the loop. Here’s the link to everything you need to know.

https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students_parents/health_services/coronavirus_disease_2019__covid_19

No questions addressed the issue of truancy if parents don’t want to comply. Or who will teach kids and families how to use a computer if they don’t have one. Here’s the answer from the school district: “All our priorities right now including getting technology in the hands of the children who don’t have it and food in the stomach of students who need to be fed. Our academic team is working out all of the other logistics.”

  • Meals distributed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday March 20 free to under 18 years (22 ESE), regardless of financial need. Students must be present to receive meal. Only Boca sites are Spanish River and Olympic Heights high schools. For updates during spring break and afterward go to

https://www.palmbeachschools.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=270616&pageId=11756312

  • Hotline if your child doesn’t have a device or other matters: 561-969-5840
  • Exam fees waived and deadlines extended for teacher certifications.
  • GPAs [grade point average] for graduating seniors applying to colleges haven’t been determined.
  • All parents can keep their children in the same grade in 2021 if they choose.
  • Teachers can arrange to pick up materials they need from their school but then will work from home.
  • All school board meetings are postponed until June 30.
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