OCPS will provide virtual learning Aug. 10-20
Posted on 07/27/2020
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As the start of the 2020-21 school year approaches, Orange County Public Schools has continued to look for solutions that will accommodate the needs of parents, students and teachers.
Today, the Florida Department of Education approved the district’s designated Distance Learning days to be Aug. 10-20 for all students. Then Aug. 21, students registered for face-to-face or [email protected] will start school on the LaunchEd platform from home. These will be instructional days that include many of the typical exercises that occur at the beginning of a school year.
The nine days will provide opportunities for all staff and students to become comfortable with the LaunchEd platform, as it will be the default should a classroom or school need to pivot from face to face during the pandemic. Teachers can also establish communications with parents and students as we work out any problems and answer questions.
This adjustment means:
•. The originally approved school calendar is in place, with students starting virtually on Aug. 10.  Teacher preplanning will begin July 31, as previously scheduled.
• This adjustment does not require the shifting of planning days or adding instructional minutes to the day as some districts have creatively agreed upon.
• Aug. 21 will still be the first day that students in the face-to-face model report to their campus, having already completed the nine days virtually. This date was included in the Optional Innovative Reopening Plan.
•. OCVS students will start school on Aug. 10, but are otherwise not impacted.
There will be no delay or adjustments to employee compensation since the payroll calendars will be unaltered.
Schools will be communicating with families in need of devices and hotspots. Additional information will be provided to teachers regarding preplanning training and activities.
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