School Board meeting highlights (Oct. 8, 2019)
Posted on 10/08/2019

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The School Board of Orange County held its regularly scheduled board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center. These are the highlights of the meeting:


School Board adopts alternative calendar for 2019-20 school year due to Hurricane Dorian

The Superintendent determined that the 900 hours of instructional time would still be met with the waiver of one bad weather make-up day. OCPS’s alternative school calendar provides the following changes:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – replaced by October 17, 2019 make-up day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 – eliminated based on instructional minutes

View the adopted calendar here.


2016-winning-posterSchool Bus Safety Week begins Oct. 21

Orange County Public Schools will recognize School Bus Safety Week during the week of October 21-25, 2019. This year’s theme is: “My School Bus – The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” According to the American School Bus Council, students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car. This proclamation from Orange County Public Schools shows community support of other governmental and law enforcement agencies to promote school bus safety initiatives. Read the proclamation here.


America’s Safe Schools Week

America’s Safe Schools Week to be recognized the week of Oct. 21-27, 2019. The goal is to motivate key education and law enforcement policymakers, as well as students, parents and community residents, to vigorously advocate for school safety. Read the proclamation here.


District proclaims Oct. 24 as National Lights On Afterschool Day

National Lights On Afterschool Day is Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Afterschool programs not only keep children safe, they also help improve students’ academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health, and support working families. There are approximately 8.4 million school-age children in afterschool programs in the nation. This includes 165 schools and over 20,000 elementary and middle school students in Orange County Public Schools. Read the proclamation here.

OCPS EEO Non-Discrimination Statement

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer & Title IX Officer: Keshara Cowans; ADA Coordinator: NA; Section 504 Coordinator: Tajuana LeeWenze. (407.317.3200)