Board meeting highlights (Jan. 26)
Posted on 01/26/2021
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The School Board of Orange County held its regularly-scheduled board meeting at 5 p.m. at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center. These are the highlights of the meeting:
School Board designates February as Black History Month
Each year, the month of February is recognized as a time to learn more about black history; build awareness to social causes affecting not just “people of color”, but society as a whole, and celebrate the progress, richness and diversity of African-American achievement. The Florida Statutes, Title XLVIII, Public Education, Chapter 1003, Course of Study and Instructional Aids, 1003.42 requires instruction in the history of African Americans. This instruction is embedded in social studies classes K-12. Please read the Black History Month proclamation.
School counselors recognized Feb. 1-5 during Natl. School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, will be celebrated Feb. 1-5, 2021. This designated week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors. This time will be used to highlight the tremendous impact that counselors can have in helping students achieve success and plan for the future. This is the National School Counseling Week proclamation.
School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day for OCPS is recognized
School districts throughout Florida recognize School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Orange County Public Schools relies on school crossing guards from its local and county partners to staff over 600 school crossing guard posts throughout the district. School crossing guards perform a critical student safety function by monitoring traffic at key intersections and escorting students and their families safely across those roadways on school days. While performing this essential function, school crossing guards face many challenges that include environmental conditions, inclement weather and other factors. Despite these challenges, school crossing guards are vigilant at keeping the district’s students safe from harm. This is the School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day proclamation.
School Board designates February as Career & Technical Education Month
Orange County Public Schools and the Department of Career and Technical Education urges all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the career and technical education programs of Orange County Public Schools, and to support and participate in these programs to enhance their individual work skills and productivity. This is the CTE month proclamation.

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