Badly Written Email by PBC School District Had Parents Ready to Go to War
A poorly written and inaccurate email by the Palm Beach County School District had parents furious and ready to go to war with the school system again.
The School District notified parents that:
“Out of an abundance of caution, the football game between Palm Beach Gardens High School and Vero Beach High School Scheduled for Friday, September 1, has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 6 at Vero Beach High School at 5 p.m.
Had the information been correct, parents would have had every right to be upset, but it wasn’t.
The initial email cited an outbreak of COVID-19 when there was no confirmation that the sick football players had COVID.
I was also told the email was written by someone new in the communications department, and upper management was unhappy.
School Superintendent Mike Burke issued the following clarification late Friday afternoon.
Date: Fri, Sep 1, 2023 at 3:04 PM
Subject: Revised Message Concerning Palm Beach Gardens Football Game
The football game between Palm Beach Gardens High School and Vero Beach High School was rescheduled, not canceled. The Palm Beach Gardens football team was significantly depleted by student illnesses and rather than forfeit, the two schools agreed to postpone the game by less than one week. It is not uncommon for school athletic events to be rescheduled for various reasons including inclement weather, availability of athletes, and other unforeseen conditions.
The school did not provide or require any covid testing. When a large number of players missed practice Wednesday, August 30, citing health reasons, it became apparent Palm Beach Gardens would not be able to safely field a team for the originally scheduled game on Friday, September 1.
The safety of student athletes always comes first in scheduling or rescheduling events. School principals, athletic directors, and coaches collaborate to navigate scheduling challenges when unforeseen issues arise. The mutual agreement between schools to reschedule this game affords both teams the opportunity to compete on the field.
Mike Burke, Superintendent
A group of concerned parents sent an email to some heavy-hitting political leaders, which, as it turns out, wasn’t necessary.
This should be a cautionary tale for government officials, administrators, and staff in Palm Beach County; The people will not stand for tyrannical and nonsensical reactions to the flu, COVID-19, or anything else.
I sympathize with anyone who makes an honest mistake, as it appears the writer of the original email did, but everyone in Palm Beach County government should understand something; we don’t care about your “experts, your cockamamie “guidelines” given to you by political hacks, or your personal opinions and “abundance of caution.”
Pay attention. We’re done. We will not comply. We don’t trust you, and we don’t believe you. We’re a free people and will not stand for this stupidity imposed upon us again by petty tyrants. This isn’t partisan, either. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, we will not allow you to hurt the children, wreck our businesses, or fire someone who decides against vaccination—not going to happen.
We are in charge of medical decisions for ourselves and our children, not you.
Last week, when I saw the fear talk starting again by the usual bunch of losers, I posted the following meme to all of Florida Jolt’s social media accounts on Aug. 25th.
It’s how I feel and how an enormous amount of Americans feel.
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