Friday August 20, 2021

An elementary school in Glades County is moving its fifth-grade classes to virtual learning due to what the district calls a large number of COVID cases and quarantined students. According to the announcement, virtual learning will start Monday, Aug. 23 for fifth-grade students at West Glades Elementary School, and administrative staff will begin giving out Chromebooks. Prevention strategies are in place to prevent the spread of COVID and have been since school started, according to the district. Rooms are being cleaned and disinfected daily, handwashing is strongly encouraged, and students are six feet apart most of the day. The post described community transmission in Glades County as “substantial to high” in the past few weeks.  They are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The post from the district did not say exactly how many students have tested positive for COVID, nor how many are quarantined.

Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Exzuzious McDaniel. He has no known address on record but he does work in the construction industry. McDaniel is wanted for UTTERING FORGED BILLS, CHECKS, DRAFTS OR NOTES and GRAND THEFT. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Exzuzious McDaniel, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Glades County was the backdrop for a new country music video from the Zac Brown band! The song is called Same Boat. New tourist development coordinator Susan Whidden set up video at Sargent’s towing, area ranches, Washington Park and other parts of the county. Whidden says each scene took a lot of time to set up. Whidden says the video will get a lot of attention for Glades County. It’s been shared on YouTube over 3,000 times. Whidden is reportedly also involved in video production, to promote the Fisheating Creek campground and attract new visitors. 

A Florida court denied Governor Ron DeSantis’ move to toss out a lawsuit that challenges his ban on in-school mask mandates. The Leon County Judge ruled that the plaintiffs, in this case Florida parents, can move forward with their case, which alleges that DeSantis is putting kids health at risk, by prohibiting on-campus mask mandates in the middle of a pandemic. DeSantis handed down the executive order July 30. It imposes penalties on school districts if they do not give parents the final say on whether their children wear masks in school. DeSantis recently defended that decision, specifically for elementary schools. The Leon County judge on Thursday found that the plaintiffs have standing to sue after sufficiently pleading a link between the governor’s actions and an increased risk of contracting Covid-19. The judge made note of the high transmissibility of the coronavirus delta variant, while pointing out that some of the plaintiffs’ children are under 12 years old and therefore ineligible for vaccination. The case will now proceed to evidentiary hearings starting Aug. 23. The judge deferred any factual rulings on the case until then.