Orange County officials expecting thousands more students in summer school this year

37,000 students expected compared to 10,000 seen in years past

On June 2, Orange County Public Schools will welcome nearly four times the amount of students usually seen for its summer school program, education officials said.
On June 2, Orange County Public Schools will welcome nearly four times the amount of students usually seen for its summer school program, education officials said.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – On June 2, Orange County Public Schools will welcome nearly four times the amount of students usually seen for its summer school program, education officials said.

Scott Howat, Chief Communications Officer for Orange County Public Schools, said the district has more than 180 schools participating in summer school and 37,000 students. Typically, he said, they’ve seen about 10,000 students in the past.

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Howat told News 6 they attribute the jump in students to those needing to catch up who are behind, or others wanting to accelerate.

“This is obviously a big, a big number for us and we’re excited about it. We’re happy that our students are doing it, we’re going to try to do everything we can to make the summer exciting and fun for them,” Howat said.

Even with the increase in numbers, Howat said they have enough teachers.

He said they’ve been working with the teachers and are doing some job sharing, where teachers may split the week with another teacher, to help attract the number of teachers needed.


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Lauren Cervantes was born and raised in the Midwest but calls Florida her second home. She joined News 6 in August 2019 as a reporter.