News 3-16-2020

The Palm Beach County School District is reminding parents that all schools are closed through March 27. Starting today, School Food Services will be offering ‘Grab and Go’ meals at 30 school locations around the District from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age, regardless of financial need. The meals will be distributed in the parent drop-off areas of the schools and available to those who drive, walk or bike up to pick up food.  Feeding South Florida has also stepped up to help by providing boxed food on Tuesday and Friday in addition to what the district is doing. For more information and a full list of school locations, visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/students

District 6 Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has requested that county is having her staff prepare a resolution to rename a section of State Road 715 near the Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee in memory of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wallace and Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel. They were killed in the line of duty during the night of Nov. 28, 2007, when they were struck by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the road during a police chase. The resolution will be considered by the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners at an upcoming meeting.

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the CDC, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. Events of any size should only be continued if they can follow the guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual. This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation, the CDC says, should not supersede the advice of local public health officials.

According to the CHS Athletics FB Page, for the first time in at least 3 years, CHS Track&Field returned home with a trophy. The Tigers won the inaugural Antone Smith’s MuckCity Fastest Team Champion with 124 points in all events. Head Coach Jay Similien said, “This is a result of a different mindset from the Tigers. It is an honor for this program to now be talked about amongst the fastest around the Lake and in the Muck. Our team has come close to victory all season and now we finally broke our threshold of earning a trophy. The best is yet to come!”

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran informed school district offices all across the state on Friday afternoon that schools will be closed for the next two weeks beginning today. In Hendry County, today is the start of spring break, but instead of returning to school on March 23rd, students will return the following week on March 30th. It hasn’t been determined yet if next week will be a work week for teachers or other school employees. All extra-curricular activities are likewise cancelled for the next two weeks. A decision will be made by March 30th as to the remainder of the year.

Hendry County Road & Bridge Department’s asphalt contractor will be performing repair work on Hendry Isles Blvd. beginning today thru tomorrow March 17. Lane closures will take place around the work areas. Please use extra caution when going through the work zone. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department.