Orange County Public Schools Coronavirus
Updated: Apr 19
As you know, Central Florida and the world are currently facing an unprecedented public health crisis as we work to manage an outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
Please be aware that all residents of Orange County are currently required to shelter at home to prevent the spread of the virus. You can find more information below.
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Thank you. Below is a review of important local updates as we hear about them.
Florida schools closed until at least April 30
Governor DeSantis has announced that all schools will be closed to students until April 15. Remote or “distance learning” instruction will begin. As all Florida school districts and public charter schools have different schedules, please click here to see the recommended spring break changes for each district. School districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through next academic year.
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has partnered with the Florida Department of Education to offer all school districts student support and teacher professional development tailored to the online learning environment. The Florida Department of Education in partnership with FLVS is training an additional 10,000 teachers statewide on the Virtual Teacher Training for COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis also provided more flexibility to local school districts so they can install and establish additional remote learning opportunities for students, including the ability to purchase devices and internet services with leftover funds for low-income students.
All remaining assessments for school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten and all testing requirements for K-12 will be cancelled for the 2019–2020 school year.
Requirements for graduation and promotion and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments did not exist. Parents will also be able to keep their children in the same grade for the 2021 school year, if they choose.
K-9 grades will not be calculated for 2019–2020 and school districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020.
Note that for our IEP students, school districts are being given flexibility to provide alternative services to meet their unique needs.
DOE created a website that consolidates hundreds of free resources for teachers, parents, and students as they transition to distance learning. It includes best practices for distance learning, frequently asked questions, guidance from the department, and resources in Spanish. It can be found here.
Testing for Students
Please communicate with your school to see what other tests are now available online and visit the websites of testing companies for updates.
Food for Students:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted waivers to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), providing flexibility to allow schools, child care institutions, and community organizations to feed children during the current COVID-19 school closures.
The Grab-and-Go meals program will continue with hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at approximately 50 school sites in Orange County. Th list of sites is on our Grab-and-Go page. The list of schools will be modified April 1, to better serve areas of greatest need.
Families can now find free meals for kids under 18 by texting FLKIDSMEALS to 211–211, or call 2–1–1 and speak with a live operator 24/7. You can also visit here.
Additionally, you may be interested in FDOE’s website for family resources, *including offers for free internet services*: http://fldoe.org/em-response/resources-families.stml
Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken shall not be counted. We are working to confirm more details as it pertains to testing and exams.