Open Houses will be held virtually for Orange County Public Schools

The district has determined that open houses will be virtual due to the high transmission of COVID-19 in Orange County.

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Orange County Public Schools announced in a district-wide Connect Orange voice, text and email that all Open Houses will be held virtually. 

The message was sent out to all OCPS families this week. 

The decision comes following the continued spread of the coronavirus, which the district acknowledged as the reason behind the announcement in the message. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, the district has determined that all Open Houses will be virtual," the message said. "This is in response to the high transmission of COVID-19 in Orange County."

The OCPS's 2021-2022 COVID-19 dashboard currently lists more than 5,000 total confirmed cases. Data listed from the dashboard on Wednesday, Sept. 8, showed more than 800 active quarantines. 

The final decision came from district leadership, including OCPS Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins.

Lorena Arias, assistant director of media relations for OCPS, said OCPS is doing everything that it can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep the district safe. 

“To maintain a safe and healthy learning environment at our schools and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district decided to hold all Open Houses virtually this school year," Arias said. "We appreciate the continued support from our families as we keep our children safe and schools open.”

School principals will be communicating the specific details of open houses soon. 



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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