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Governor DeSantis and Florida Dept of Education recommend schools stay closed through end of school year

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From OCPS and Governor DeSantis Press Release

Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education have recommended the closure of all schools in Florida and a continuation of distance learning through the end of the school year. Orange Technical College campuses and off-site locations are also closed.

“We spoke with folks throughout the state,” DeSantis said. “There were some differing opinions.

“As we looked at the clock, we’ve got pretty good momentum for distance learning, and given where we are in the school year,we felt that this was the best decision to go forward,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis acknowledged that students have had a hard time not seeing their friends. But he also felt that not every parent would be onboard with opening school back up yet and might keep their kids home anyway.

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced that 32,614 laptop computers are being distributed to 34 mostly small, rural school districts throughout Florida and the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School.

When the COVID-19 crisis indicated the need for distance learning, the Department proactively began calling laptop suppliers throughout Florida and reaching out to Florida’s rural county school district consortia to identify both available supply and demand.

“I am grateful for the work that all 67 county school districts did to implement their distance learning plans, and I’m equally grateful to support these students in districts that lacked the resources to fully equip their students and teachers for success,” said Commissioner Corcoran. “Nearly all of these students are low-income students, and Florida making the extra effort to fight for these students is another example of how Florida never relents in the fight to close achievement gaps.”

New Orange County Public Schools Workweek Schedule
Beginning Monday, April 20, until further notice, all schools and district offices will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays. Staff will still be available by email on those days between 9 a.m.and 2 p.m. Limited staff will be working and taking telephone calls Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
School offices will be open but by appointment only. Call or email the school for an appointment.
Free Grab-and-Go meals for needy students will continue to be available at 52 sites, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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  1. Maybe they will keep the schools closed, and turn them into makeshift hospitals, if things get worse, who knows? I get so tired of the talk about, the peak, and the flattening of the curve, blah, blah, blah……and testing, and antibody testing, vaccines, social distancing, more blah, blah, blah. These covid-19 briefings by the president, the governor, and the locals are put there on tv to further torture us, no doubt!

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