More Than 190 Orange County Schools Employees Test Positive for Coronavirus
Since June 1, more than 190 Orange County Public Schools employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
The news comes as brick-and-mortar schools reopen Friday.
OCPS families, with many students returning to school face-to-face tomorrow, we have a few important reminders for everyone on the roadways. School buses will be out and about once again, picking-up and dropping-off students as early as 6 am. Please follow safe driving rules!
— ocpsnews (@OCPSnews) August 20, 2020
Leon County Judge Charles Dodson ordered OCPS to release the list of staff member cases as part of a teacher’s union led lawsuit against the state.
The list reveals 192 employees from teachers to custodians became ill with coronavirus between June 1 and August 19.
In a statement, OCPS said the positivity rate among employees had been 4.2 percent over the two and a half month period.
Earlier in the week, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said that it was unrealistic to expect there to be no COVID-19 cases when schools reopen.
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran ordered schools to restart in-person instruction by the end of August.
OCPS schools will reopen tomorrow with required face masks, social distancing in classrooms and buses and grab-and-go meals in cafeterias.
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