Students, teachers return to school as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands of students across Central Florida will wake up and go back to class, either virtually or in-person on Monday.

As they return from holiday break, schools are asking students and teachers showing any coronavirus symptoms not to come in.

All school districts will return Monday, except Orange, Volusia and Polk counties, which will start Tuesday.

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Just like before the school break, teachers and staff members are worried about COVID-19 cases as they return to the classroom.

They are also worried about how they will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

READ: Here’s where to find the COVID-19 vaccine in your county

In December, Channel 9 spoke with Dan Smith, president of the Seminole Education Association, who said he believes that all instructional workers, not just teachers, should have priority to get the vaccine.

“If we are deemed essential workers, we should be treated as essential workers,” Smith said.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.