Central Florida students prepare for second day of distance learning after extension through April

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Students and teachers will now have more time to get used to online portals and apps that facilitate distance learning.

Local school districts had an afternoon conference call with the Florida Department of Education and based on the state’s recommendation, public schools will remain in distance learning mode at least through all of April.

Parents, students and teachers will have some time to work out the kinks after some said they experienced slow loading times.

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Orange County school officials said they had 50,000 students attempt to login around the same time Monday, which may have led to difficulties in the system.

Shoshanna Friedman has two children who are private-schooled. She said they are now in a good rhythm with the online learning after working online for a couple of weeks, and she believes the public schools will be up to speed soon, too.

“I don’t mind it going until May or the end of the year,” Friedman said. “I’m not working. I got laid off two weeks ago from work, and if it’s better to contain the virus and not send the kids to school, then it’s for the best, And the teachers are all on board doing virtual.”