School Board meeting highlights (Oct. 22, 2019)
Posted on 10/22/2019

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The School Board of Orange County held its regularly-scheduled board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center. These are the highlights of the meeting:

School Safety Specialist Yearly Update

OCPS District Police Chief Bryan Holmes, designated as the OCPS School Safety Specialist, presented his annual update to the board. Chief Holmes, in this position, supervises and oversees school safety and security personnel, policies and procedures to provide a safe educational environment for students. View the presentation.

National Red Ribbon Week runs Oct. 23-31

Each year, National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated from October 23 - 31. Thousands of schools across the country use this time to engage youth in dialogue about the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding the temptation to use drugs and alcohol.

The Red Ribbon Week Campaign theme promotes family and individual responsibilities for living healthy, drug-free lifestyles, without illegal drugs or the illegal use of legal drugs. The mission is to inspire, educate, and involve others to join the movement, and promote drug-free lifestyles by wearing and displaying Red Ribbons during this week-long campaign. Read the proclamation.

The new schools announced as Red Ribbon certified schools this year are West Orange and Cypress Creek high schools.

OCPS designates November as Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

Research shows that students with engaged parents and families are more likely to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, show improved behavior and go on to post-secondary education. Florida Family Engagement in Education Month is a time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in their children's education. When schools work together with parents and families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed, not just in school, but throughout life. Read the proclamation.

Week of the Family Celebrated Nov. 2-9

The purpose of the Week of the Family is to strengthen family relationships through education, wholesome family activities, fitness and community service. Community family events are scheduled from Saturday, November 2, through Saturday, November 9. The district and other community partners will promote events at various venues in which family and community ties are celebrated. Read the proclamation.

School Board proclaims Nov. 11 – 17 as National Apprenticeship Week A group of people pose for a photo

The purpose of the observance is to participate in this nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. Read the proclamation.

A group of people pose with a bannerDistrict earns “Gold” level as a Florida Healthy School District

Orange County Public Schools earned the Gold Award for the Florida Healthy School District. To earn the award the district needed to score at gold level in each of the component areas of Coordinated School Health and focus on district infrastructure, policy, programs and practices identified in state and national guidelines and Florida Statutes. Highlighted scores were in the areas of Health Services and Family and Community Involvement.

Changes regarding administrative personnel

Superintendent Barbara Jenkins introduced the following new administrator:

Danielle Arbelaez-Willis, principal, Waterford Elementary


*Reminder* All board meetings are live streamed on the School Board’s YouTube page and will be accessible from web browsers on computers or mobile devices. To find the live stream, visit