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Students at Citrus Cove Elementary School, Palm Beach Gardens Community High School test positive for COVID-19

In addition, 12 school district employees test positive for COVID-19
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Posted at 1:20 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 17:56:31-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — The School District of Palm Beach County has recorded its first two cases of COVID-19 among students.

According to the latest numbers on the school district's online dashboard on Thursday, students at Citrus Cove Elementary School in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens Community High School have tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, 12 employees throughout the school district have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

WPTV contacted the School District of Palm Beach County to see if any additional students or staff members have been quarantined because of the cases among the two children.

A spokesperson said "the District is not releasing quarantine numbers if any. Areas affected are sanitized."

The spokesperson went onto say in a statement to WPTV:

"As protocols state, the Health Department makes the determination as to confirming the cases and then contact the parents of students who are deemed in contact directly whether it be in class, by bus etc. . (by Health Dept)

Risk Management alerts any staff members affected.

A letter is sent to inform the rest of the school so they are aware of the instance on campus and reassure that their child was not deemed affected (By the Health Department)"

The district's online dashboard launched on Monday and tracks COVID-19 cases among students and employees starting from Sept. 16, which is the date that ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students returned to in-classroom instruction.