Fewer desks, social distancing: Orange County Public Schools officials discuss classrooms beyond pandemic

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County School Board members have several questions to answer before returning students to the classroom.

Questions such as: Virtual vs in-person instruction? Will enrollment be up or down? How and where will students eat lunch?


Alternatives to the normal classroom experience that’s listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include cloth face coverings for children over two years old and spacing seating and desks six feet apart.

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Orange County Public Schools has looked at possible classroom redesigns to accomplish that.

A typical high school classroom would go from holding a maximum of 25 students to 11. Middle school and elementary school classrooms would lose about 10 desks.

Superintendent Barbara Jenkins made clear that could only be achieved if some students physically go to school.

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On the school bus, children would also have to remain six feet apart.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.