School is back in session as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — School is back in session across Central Florida as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

In Orange County, school leaders reinstated their mask policy for all adults on campus.

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District officials said they made the change after the recent surge in cases.

As of Monday, there were 866 student cases reported. More than 300 employees also tested positive.

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It is the largest spike in cases since the start of the school year.

Students are not required to mask up, but they are strongly encouraged to wear one.

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The new mask policy for adults will stay in effect through January.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.