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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

In Florida, as of midday May 27, 52,634 cases of the virus had been confirmed, 9,639 people hospitalized and 2,319 residents died. Week over week, from May 13-19, 4,969 cases were reported and 197 deaths. In the last week, cases increased to 5,239 while deaths dropped to 122.

In Orange County, there have been 66,793 tests administered, 1,877 cases of the virus confirmed (2.8%), 306 people currently hospitalized and 39 deaths. Week over week, from May 13-19, 145 cases were confirmed and, in the last week, the count rose to 175.


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?

Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
Fever
Chills
Muscle pain
Headache
Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell
How do you protect yourself?
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
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
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.

Center 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.

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.).

May 9. High school virtual graduation schedule released. See it here.

April 24. UPDATED 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.

April 15.
As of, April 20, Grab-and-Go meals distributed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with enough meals until next distribution day. Go to the Grab-and-Go page for more details.
All schools and district offices were operational only on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) until May 18.  

April 10.
Friday Grab-and-Go meals to include meals to get through the weekend. Students no longer must accompany their parent.

April 1.
OCPS Mental Health department open to take calls from parents to help with mental health issues. The number is 407.317.3694.

March 30.
Florida schools to remain closed until at least May 1. 

March 25. By county Stay-at-Home declaration, district office hours change to 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. and are open only to those with appointments. Schools open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visitors by appointment only.

March 22. School and central offices hours reduced to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. School visits by appointment only.

March 17. Governor DeSantis closes schools until April 15. Florida FSA testing canceled and no school grades to be issued. Distance learning instruction to begin March 30.
Free Grab-and-Go Meals available for any children 18-and-under at 50 schools starting March 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

March 15. Field trips suspended. Spring break camps NOT suspended.

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. 

 March 13. Any student, faculty or staff person who goes on a cruise or goes on foreign travel to any country must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.  

 March 10. All OCPS student field trips involving air travel suspended through the end of the current school year.