In a special meeting held on August 17, the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) school board voted 6-2 to move forward with its plan to reopen all of its schools for optional in-person attendance on August 21. This decision was made despite the recommendation of its medical advisory committee to delay the start date for in-person schooling for the county’s middle and high schools to August 31. This plan applies to all public Winter Park schools, which are a part of the OCPS system.
The board voted in July to move forward with OCPSLaunchEd@Home, which gives families a choice of attending school virtually or in person. Currently, approximately 31 percent of OCPS students are enrolled for in-person schooling, with the rest planning to move forward with virtual lessons. All OCPS schools resumed classes virtually on August 10, with all students starting the year from home to allow for students who opt for virtual schooling to acclimate to the online setting.