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Orange County cancels in-person graduations due to increase in COVID-19 cases

District says decision was made with input from public health officials

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Saltillo High School seniors make their way to the football field as the sun begins to set for their graduation ceremony in Saltillo, Miss. The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring  a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Saltillo High School seniors make their way to the football field as the sun begins to set for their graduation ceremony in Saltillo, Miss. The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File) (Thomas Wells)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – All in-person graduations for Orange County high schools have been canceled due to an increase of coronavirus cases, according to Tuesday’s announcement from the district.

Orange County Public Schools cited the decision was due to the strong resurgence of COVID-19 within the county and was in the interest of student safety.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 14,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported within the county. Orange County has seen hundreds of new cases over the last five days, according to Florida Department of Health numbers.

OCPS announced the decision was made with guidance from the county’s top public health official Dr. Raul Pino.

The district has already made families aware that 2020 graduates will not be walking the stage.

OCPS previously postponed ceremonies, saying virtual options would be available for schools. It was unclear if all schools in the district would be hosting virtual commencement.

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