15,000 additional students in Palm Beach County schools for second semester

Posted at 6:07 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 06:37:10-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — The second semester of the school year for the School District of Palm Beach County began Tuesday with thousands of students returning to the classroom for the first time in months.

According to the school district, roughly 52% of students are in classrooms for the second semester, while 48% are doing remote learning from home. Those numbers are expected to firm up throughout the week as teachers see how many students actually show up to class.

The numbers represent 15,689 additional students learning on campus compared to early November, when students were asked to lock in their choice for the second quarter of the school year.

While thousands of additional students are returning to campus, it is not as many as the district hoped to bring back for not making adequate progress in remote learning.

Back in December, the district announced close to 22,000 students were struggling in distance learning, and would receive letters encouraging them to come back to campus. If a parent chose not to send their child back, they needed to provide written confirmation to the district, acknowledging the situation.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the Make Your Choice process on the district's website by clicking here.