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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. As of early March 29, 4,246 cases were confirmed in Florida and 56 residents have died. In Orange County, there have been 246 cases, 46 people hospitalized and four deaths. From Friday to Saturday, new cases increased from 678 to 737 in Florida and decreased from 51 to 35 in Orange County.

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, including the "common flu" which is also prevalent this time of year. 


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?
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
Severe illness
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
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
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 disease. The CDC and The Florida Department of Health are your best source of information about the disease.

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov 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.

Schools closed to students until April 15
Distance learning to begin March 30
 

March 29. 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.

March 25. By executive order of Mayor Jerry Demings, OCPS has changed its hours to comply with a Stay-at-Home declaration. District offices and schools are closed to walk-in visitors but phones will be answered 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Schools are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visitors must make an appointment in advance. Call or email the school for an appointment. Phone numbers and email addresses are at the bottom of every school's webpage.
Free Grab-and Go-meals will continue to be given to students 18 and under between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at select schools. The list is here.

March 22. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, hours of operation will be shortened. Schools and central offices will have office hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. School visits must be arranged by appointment. Call or email your school to make an appointment.

Governor announces schools closed until April 15


March 17. Governor DeSantis announced all schools will remain closed until April 15. Florida FSA testing has been canceled for this school year and school grades will not be issued either.
Distance learning instruction will begin March 30 in OCPS. Details to follow.
Free Grab-and-Go Meals will be available for any children 18-and-under at 50 schools starting March 23. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and next day breakfast. Click link on district front page to see list of schools. 

Weekend Update

March 15. Schools will undergo deep cleaning this week. Digital and remote learning planning is underway with further details to follow soon. OCPS is awaiting clarification from the state about making up school days lost to the extended spring break. All field trips are suspended until further notice. Spring break camps are NOT suspended the week of March 16.
Arrangements for feeding children on free or reduced meal programs are underway. Details to be announced soon.

Schools closed until March 30​ April 15 (3/17/20)

March 13
. With new direction from the CDC, the Dept. of Education announced all state K12 schools will close for one extra week of spring break. State testing will also be delayed two weeks and all extracurricular activities are suspended. 

14-day isolation requirements and classroom virus response

March 13.
Florida Dept. of Health recommendations from Dept. of Education: 
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. 
If anyone exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 has been in a classroom, the classroom will be cleared and sanitized before reuse. 

Air travel field trips suspended

March 10. All OCPS student field trips involving air travel are suspended immediately through the end of the current school year. District and school staff members will work with parents and travel companies on appropriate cancellation arrangements.