Palm Beach Has A Missing Student Problem


Thousands of Palm Beach County students are missing this school year.

They were enrolled, but not attending classes in-person or virtually. School leaders said it's a concern brought on by COVID, as many are out of the area, going to school somewhere else, or homeschooling.

Through thousands of phone calls, the school district's reengagement team has brought more than 200 students back, both in-person and virtually. But leaders are looking to see every seat is filled.

The reengagement team began an after-hours effort back and was planned for a two-month pilot program, but leaders will fund the program for the rest of the year.

The team consists of five case workers making phone calls from 4 p.m. 8 p.m. each evening. In addition to outreach they are doing during the day.

For the Department of Behavioral and Mental Health Services, call 561-982-0920.

The Safe Schools Department, which operates the reengagement program, can be reached at 561-653-5181.

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