Orange County Public Schools change policy on students missing school due to COVID-19 concerns

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools is changing its policy on students missing school over COVID-19 concerns.

On Monday, Orange County students will no longer have their absences excused if they’re kept home for COVID-19 concerns.

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According to district officials, those absences are putting more strain on teachers who have to manage assignments for students absent from class.

If parents want to keep their child out of school, the district said parents can still enroll students in home school education.

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In the meantime, OCPS is extending its face mask requirement for adults. Face masks are now required for all employees, volunteers, visitors and vendors in school buildings and vehicles through February.

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Masks are strongly encouraged for students.

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