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Most Palm Beach County parents want to delay the start of school, survey shows


According to a recent survey, most Palm Beach County parents want school to be delayed this year, but nothing is certain yet.  More results will be shared with the public during a  School Board Workshop on Tuesday. (WPEC)
According to a recent survey, most Palm Beach County parents want school to be delayed this year, but nothing is certain yet. More results will be shared with the public during a School Board Workshop on Tuesday. (WPEC)
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According to a survey sent out earlier this month, the majority of parents in Palm Beach County would support delaying the 20-21 school year later than August 10.

The survey was meant to gather feedback on distance learning and help inform the District's plan for the upcoming school year, which is scheduled to be announced later this month.

Though parents were largely split on how to approach learning come Fall, it's clear that the majority feel that August 10 would be too soon. However, a slight majority of parents are hoping that students can return to regularly scheduled programming when it's safe to do so.

54 percent of the Parent Survey respondents support a full reopening, followed by 53.7 percent support a blended model and 50.8 percent support distance-learning exclusively.

The parents were largely split on whether students should attend classes in shifts to limit class size, but the majority said they would not support alternating weekly schedules.

CBS12 News learned from prior conversations with District officials that a blended approach to learning is likely, and that distance-learning will still be an option.

The survey was closed on June 17, just days before the state began experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. The survey analysis notes that families may have a different opinion on distance-learning and the start of school, given the recent uptick in cases.

The survey will be discussed in greater detail during.a virtual school board meeting Tuesday at 2 p.m. CBS12 News will stream it online.

More information about next year's plan is expected to be made public in the coming weeks, but officials say the only thing that's certain as of now, is that school will never look the same.





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