Parents: Here is how to provide input on schools reopening

The Orange County School Board will begin taking comments at noon, Tuesday, July 14.

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Members of the public who wish to provide input regarding the reopening of Orange County Public Schools will have a chance to do so at the Orange County School Board meeting, scheduled to begin at noon, Tuesday, July 14.

The meeting will be live-streamed on OCPS' YouTube Channel.

If you wish to provide comment via email, email your thoughts to the School Board, [email protected], by 5 p.m. Monday, July 13. You must include your name, address, agenda item and comment.

The public also can call into the board meeting with a comment at (407) 250-6270. Callers may get into the calling queue for any pre-agenda items starting at 11:45 a.m., and the calling queue for the agenda, which includes reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend in person should fill out a public comment card located in the lobby outside of the School Board Chambers at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia St., Orlando, and turn it in to the School Board Services representative. The public is required to wear a mask to enter. People entering must also affirm that he or she does not have chills, a sore throat, cough or shortness of breath; and he or she does not currently feel ill.

The public is reminded that all comments made telephonically or in person will be subject to board policies regarding civility and length of communication and will be permitted for up to three minutes (the time limit for public comment already been established through School Board policy).

OCPS' three options for reopening schools include face-to-face; OCVS Virtual; and OCPSLaunchEd@Home.



Michael Eng

As a child, Editor and Publisher Michael Eng collected front pages of the Kansas City Star during Operation Desert Storm, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would pursue a career in journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children, or playing drums around town. He’s also a sucker for dad jokes.