Wednesday August 11, 2020

As Hendry County prepares for a virtual emergency school board meeting this morning at 10 a.m., the School District of Palm Beach County could modify the way it brings students back to campus, and when it is safe to do so. Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy has also called a special school board meeting to discuss re-entry options. The announcement comes after state education officials requested a modification while the Florida Department of Education continues to review the district’s reopening plan for this year. According to a source, Fennoy is now proposing that the return to brick-and-mortar schools “be based on parent choice.” Fennoy said the school year will still begin with distance learning for all students, as planned, on Aug. 31. He maintained that the return to campuses should only take place when county health conditions permit it.

As several backpack and school supplies giveaways have been extremely successful over the past several weeks, a pair of schools in Pahokee will start the school year with 200 laptops donated by a local company. TBC Corporation donated the devices to Everglades Preparatory Academy and Glades Academy Charter School in an effort to support remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each school will receive 100 laptops equipped with the latest version of Windows 10. The donation was made in partnership with Fort Lauderdale-based Direct Technology Group. Everglades Preparatory Academy and Glades Academy Charter School will start classes Aug. 31 with virtual and hybrid formats.

On Monday August 10, Clewiston Police Department reports that a Clewiston man has been arrested after striking his elderly roommate. According to the post, Anthony LeRoy Demeritt was walking towards officer’s patrol vehicles as a disabled woman lay in the yard next to a wheelchair. Officers learned that Demeritt had thrown many of the victim’s items into a nearby canal. Demeritt became uncooperative during the arrest, causing officers to drag him to the patrol vehicle. Demeritt is charged with-Aggravated Abuse of a Disabled Person, Criminal Mischief and Resisting without Violence.

        Test results for more than 58,100 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Sunday, August 9. Monday, as reported at 11 a.m., there were 4,181 new positive COVID-19 cases and 91 Florida resident deaths related to the virus. Hendry county had an increase of 21 overnight, reporting a new total of 1782 and no additional deaths.