Orange County high school football players won’t be able to do face-to-face learning this season

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County varsity high school football players will no longer be allowed to do face-to-face learning during the fall season.

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Parents said they received phone calls from school officials Friday saying student-athletes may either participate in LaunchEd -- the school district’s remote learning program -- from home or in a room on campus that is limited to teammates.

Parents have until Monday at noon to decide how their child will learn.

The new learning setup will go into effect Tuesday and continue until 10 days after the season ends.

School officials said the decision was made because football is a contact sport.

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On Thursday, school district officials said the junior varsity and freshman football seasons had been postponed till a review in January.

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