Seminole County superintendent is ready to welcome students back into the classroom

Classes begin on Monday

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – School leaders in Seminole County held a news conference Friday to discuss new updates regarding safety and school preparations ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Classes begin on Monday for Seminole County’s 67,000 students.

The district provided four options for parents to pick from: face-to-face learning, Seminole County Virtual School, Seminole Connect and a hybrid learning option.

“Forty-four percent of our families chose for their students to return face-to-face to school on Monday and about 56% chose one of the three remote options,” Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin said.

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The school has implemented new safety protocols to help keep students safe when they return.

“We’re requiring mask of all employees and of all students when they cannot maintain social distancing, we have already had in place 25,000 desk shields,” Griffin added.

During the news conference, officials said that student resource officers would remain on the campuses across Seminole County.

“Our deputies are so excited about getting back to school and reconnecting with the students that they’ve learned to know and love of the past few years,” Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.

When asked if the school was prepared to open, Griffin had this to say:

“We will be ready, we still have a lot to do. Everybody has to understand, this is not a normal scheduling, because we’ve offered so many options. We have teachers who are working remotely, we have teachers who are working face-to-face and we have a combination of each.”

News 6 took a tour of a Seminole County school before students fill the hallways. You can see the new safety measures put into place by clicking below.

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Parents of Central Florida students can find everything they need to know about their district’s back-to-school plan at