Orange County Public Schools encourages parents to consider virtual school amid pandemic

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — If you have an Orange County student, you may have received a notice about virtual school.

Orange County Public Schools said it’s encouraging more parents to consider Orange County Virtual School if they’re not ready to send their children back into the classroom in August.

An informative session for parents revealed that children going into kindergarten can be enrolled in virtual school.

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Older elementary students need to prove they did well in school the previous two years and submit a final report card, test scores and assessments.

It’s a similar criterion for grades six to 12.

Students also must prove they attained grade level proficiency on at least one standardized test in the two previous school years.

Orange County Virtual School is different from Florida Virtual School.

Funding stays with the district a student enroll in OCVS.

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It also provides a local teacher and face-to-face help at its College Park campus.

The application deadline is July 31. Click here to learn more.

The first day of school is scheduled for August 10.

Cierra Putman

Cierra Putman,

Cierra Putman flew south to join Eyewitness News in July 2016.