12,000 more students to heading into Palm Beach County classrooms

Jan 13, 2021 by

At least 12,000 additional students will head to Palm Beach County schools at the start of spring semester next month, according to a report of parent choice that came due this week.

While that’s an 18 percent increase over this semester and will bring the number of students learning in-person to about 78,400, thousands of struggling students the district had hoped to woo back will continue to get their lessons via a computer screen and risk falling further behind.

At a glance, the bulk of returning students are headed for elementary schools, Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald said Tuesday.

The numbers are likely to change daily in the weeks to come, and school-by-school details were not immediately available, he said.

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The returning students shouldn’t pose social distancing issues at most of the district’s 180-plus campuses, Oswald said.

However, at some schools, the numbers may prompt a recall of teachers from remote work to campus, he said.

While statewide, nearly 65 percent of public school students have returned to the classroom despite the surge in the pandemic, Palm Beach County’s numbers have tended toward the reverse.

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