117 students, staff in quarantine since Orange County Public School classes resumed, district says

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools said Thursday that since face-to-face classes started five days ago, 117 students and staff are now in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

So far, OCPS reports 21 students and 15 school-based employees have tested positive for COVID-19. See the full list of the 19 school where people have tested positive below.

They said no in-school transmission has been reported at this point, but Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said schools may have to close if and when there is.


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“If Orange County follows what happens what happened in other counties across the nation, we’ll probably be closing the schools in three weeks,” Pino said.

Wendy Doromal, president of the Orange County Teacher’s Union, said teachers are still scared and reporting that they still don’t have proper person protective equipment and, in some cases, don’t know how to reorder more.

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The union also worries about fall sports starting and students in contact sports such as football transmitting the virus at schools.

The district announced Thursday that it is postponing freshman and junior varsity football until the second semester. But fall sports, including varsity football, are scheduled to start practicing on Monday.

Below are the schools where someone has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • John Young Elementary
  • College Park Middle
  • Sunset Park Elementary
  • East River High
  • Lakeview Middle
  • Piedmont Lakes Middle
  • Rock Springs Elementary
  • Spring Lake Elementary
  • Ocoee Middle
  • Northlake Park Elementary
  • University High
  • Southwest Middle
  • Keene’s Crossing Elementary
  • Bonneville Elementary
  • Lake Como K-8
  • Lakeville Elementary
  • Clay Springs Elementary
  • Pineloch Elementary
  • Spring Lake Elementary
  • College Park MS

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