Seminole County prepares to welcome students back for fall semester

Task Force created to help reopen schools


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Officials in Seminole County held a news conference Thursday focused on COVID-19 response, elections and schools.

During the news conference, Seminole County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin said the county is preparing to welcome students back in the fall.

According to Griffin, a task force has been put into place to assist with the reopening process and look at how the school can function safely in a post-pandemic world.

“We don’t think school will ever look the same as it did in February and March,” Griffin said.

Officials announced two possible outdoor graduation ceremony dates planned in Seminole County, one on June 12 with July 17 as a backup date.

If officials deem the ceremonies to be unsafe, the county will hold a virtual ceremony.

Seminole County will also host senior dances after 2020 seniors were forced to miss prom.

In Seminole County, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed 426 positive cases of coronavirus as of Thursday.

The county has 97 patients in the hospital as a result of COVID-19 and 11 deaths.

According to Seminole County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jay Zembower, the county has a 3.8% positive rate with COVID-19 test results.

Rewatch the news conference below by clicking below.

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