PALM BEACH COUNTY — The following letter was sent Monday, Jan. 4, to all School District of Palm Beach County parents and guardians, according to a news release from the district office:
"Hello Parents and Guardians,
"Now is the time to select your child’s mode of instruction, in-person or distance learning, for the remainder of 2020-21 school year. The window for you to inform the district of your choice for the second semester will remain open until Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
"Please complete this process for each child in your household. The second semester begins Feb. 2, 2021.
If your child is currently attending brick-and-mortar school and you would like to continue with that mode of instruction, no further action is necessary. However, if your child is currently being instructed via distance learning, we ask you to enter your child’s student portal and reconfirm that choice. The reason for this is the district has posted notification letters in the student portals of select children in distance learning who are not making adequate academic progress.
"It is the district’s recommendation that distance learners, who are at educational risk, return to in-person education, which may help them succeed.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) take the same position with regard to those students who are struggling in distance learning. You will learn more by reviewing the Governor’s Executive Order.
"The district is aware that this is a very important decision for parents and guardians. Please review our most frequently asked questions and answers at palmbeachschools.org. While reviewing these questions, you will also see a short instructional video reminding you how to access the student portal.
While the choice you register this week will lock in your mode of instruction for the remainder of the school year, it’s important to note that waivers will be available for parents and guardians who request a change from one mode of instruction to another due to extenuating circumstances.
"Thank you, in advance, for following the established timeline to make your choice for the second semester.