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Community Update Script. May 12, 2021
Posted on 05/12/2021
Can you believe there are only 8 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL LEFT? I guarantee students know how many days are left. Let me say in advance, CONGRATULATIONS to the families and our upcoming graduates! Ceremonies are limited due to the pandemic, but we are excited that they will be in person!

COVID-19 DATA
Speaking of the pandemic, Wednesday, our dashboard indicated 23 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, for 6,724 cases this school year. New cases have been at 36 per day or below since April 27th. We currently have 518 active quarantines.

FACE MASKS AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
So, let’s talk about face masks and protocols. I want to confirm that with eight days of school remaining, there have been no changes made to face masks and safety protocols. Nonessential celebrations and activities are still not advised. However, schools have been reminded that face masks may be removed outside when social distancing is provided. This summer, the school board will rely on advisement from the Medical Advisory Committee and the FDOH to make safety determinations for next school year. We remain very hopeful that the entire community will have positive projections.

NO [email protected] NEXT YEAR
You have probably heard that OCPS will not offer [email protected] for the 2021-22 school year. While we were hopeful that the FDOE would make a determination regarding the continuation of our innovative model, it is apparent that any further delay of a decision would be a hardship to our students, their families, and our schools who need to plan now for next year. All of our surrounding counties have made the same determination, including Seminole, Brevard, Osceola, Lake and Volusia. Parents and guardians may enroll their child in Orange County Virtual School if they do not wish for them to return to “face to face” learning next school year. Please visit ocps.net and click on the OCVS graphic for more information about it.

VACCINES
Now regarding vaccines. Colonial, Evans, and Jones High Schools each hosted a vaccine clinic April 28 or May 1. A total of 1,536 adults and students received their vaccines. On this Saturday from 8 to noon, Wekiva and East River High School will be vaccine sites. Help spread the word, as anyone from 16 years old and up is eligible for the shots and no reservations are required. Please consider dropping in or going to one of the sites you can find on our homepage, at OCPS.net.

SUMMER SCHOOL
And I have to share a word about summer school. If your child has been asked to attend summer school, I hope you will take advantage of the exciting programs we have planned. Students will certainly gain some instructional needs, but the focus is on enrichment and acceleration. Consistent attendance will make for a better start to the next school year. We look forward to seeing designated students June 2.

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