School Board reviews continuity of operations
Posted on 05/21/2020

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Orange County School Board members received an update on the status related to the district's continuity of operations since COVID-19.

The School Board heard from:

  • Safety and Emergency Management Office on the response since January 2020
  • Deputy Superintendent explained the continuity of instruction for the summer and what re-entry options could look like in the fall depending on the direction from the state
  • And the Chief Financial Officer reported on the financial projections since COVID-19

Each school board member expressed great concern for student learning with summer approaching. The district is distributing enrichment materials for all K-2 students to work on over the summer to help prevent what is known as the summer slide. Distance learning will also continue for summer school students.

Here is the summer school plan:

Elementary Middle High School
K-5 ESY for identified students 6-8 ESY for identified students 9-12 ESY for identified students
K-2 Universal, self directed learning 6-8 Course recovery 9-12 Course recovery
3-5 Teacher directed learning for projected Level 1 students 6-8 MAO Calculus project acceleration 10-11 PERT Prep Camp for students needing comparative score for graduation
3rd Dual Language jumpstart for rising third graders 6th Summer literacy academy for newcomer ELL and immigrant students 9-11 Algebra EOC Prep camp for identified students

7th Civics summer camp for immigrant students 9th Summer literacy academy for newcomer ELL and immigrant students

Not only will students be able to keep their current laptop over the summer, the district is expecting 18,000 additional digital devices in July. The devices will be a great asset if there is a need for a flexible education plan to continue next school year. In addition, the School Board expressed concern about the social emotional well-being of students and how to move forward to help children cope during this pandemic. Instructional staff will be offered over 100 professional developments sessions on 32 topics, one area of focus is social and emotional learning for students.

To see the presentation and hear the discussion go to the district YouTube channel.

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