Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Orange County Public Schools is in constant communication with the Florida Department of Health and Department of Education regarding responses to COVID-19.

Department of Health data

To see the latest data about the impact of the COVID-19 virus In Florida and Orange County go to the state department of health web dashboard.

OCPS is following appropriate protocols to protect staff at schools and work sites. The district’s current cleaning products are proven effective against the Coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19).

When any person exhibits any of the symptoms listed below, he or she will be encouraged to stay home. Isolation limits the spread of the virus and will protect the overall health and wellness of others.

Anyone with symptoms should call a medical provider for guidance on what to do. Medical providers will ask questions to screen people for COVID-19 or other illnesses.

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to serious respiratory disease

How does it spread?

Between people who are in close contact
Cough or sneeze droplets
Touching your eyes, nose, or face with hands after touching an object containing the virus

What are the symptoms?

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
Muscle pain
Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell
How do you protect yourself?
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
Avoid close contact with people (six feet apart) and especially those who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, scrub thoroughly under nails and between fingers, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Where can you find additional information about COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new virus. The CDC and The Florida Department of Health are your best source of information.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Information
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Information

The Florida Dept. of Health’s #COVID19 Call Center is 1 (866) 779-6121 available at all times (24/7) or you can email [email protected] with your questions.

In support of the state’s efforts, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) has established a Coronavirus Call Center phone number for Orange County, Florida residents. The phone number is 407-723-5004. The DOH-Orange Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Latest OCPS News

Employee specific news is on Intranet.

July 14 & 17. School Board meeting held to vote on school reopening plan.

July 7. School Board held work session to assess reopening of school options.

June 18. District and schools have begun summer hours, open Monday through Thursday, with hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. An advance appointment is still required for all visitors.
Summer Meal Service has replaced Grab-and-Go for students. See details here.

May 18. OCPS Mental Health department hours change to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, to take calls from parents to help with family mental health issues. The number is 407.317.3694.
All district offices and schools are operational, Monday through Friday, at regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

April 24. Traditional high school graduation ceremonies are tentatively planned for the week of July 20 if health restrictions are lifted and OCPS is allowed to hold them, in football stadiums. The individual school dates are posted to the district calendar here.

April 18. 
Governor DeSantis closes schools for rest of school year.

March 17. Governor DeSantis closes schools until April 15. Florida FSA testing canceled and no school grades to be issued. 

March 13. Dept. of Education announced all state K12 schools will close for one extra week of spring break. State testing delayed two weeks and extracurricular activities suspended.