Teachers Await Judge's Ruling In Suit Against School District


No decision yet from a judge who heard from a group of teachers during a Zoom hearing that began on Wednesady afternoon and went into the evening.

They're suing the Palm Beach County School District to stop in-person instruction arguing that the state's Constitution mandates "safe secure" schools, but claim the district failed to follow the CDC guidelines in reopening campuses over concerns of losing funding.

One of the lawsuit's plaintiffs, 68-year old high school teacher Steven Silberberg, testified he was classified as high-risk, but denied a remote-work assignment.

"Basically I don't want to be exposed to the virus because I'm compromised because of not only my age being a little more vulnerable, but also I have underlying health issues as well."

An attorney for the school district says the teachers don't have legal grounds for an emergency injunction because potential loss of employment is not irreparable harm.

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kelley noted that the real issue for him is who can legally decide what's safe -- a court or elected officials. Schools remain open while the judge considers the case.

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