Hagerty High School parents to host private ‘homecoming,’ causing concerns about COVID-19 spread
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Hagerty High School won’t be holding a homecoming dance this year due to the coronavirus cases that continue to grow nationally, however, a group of parents are hosting a non-school dance in February, according to a letter sent to parents. Seminole County School District communications director Michael Lawrence said the school postponed traditional homecoming festivities from football season into basketball season due to the coronavirus. School officials had hoped to plan a traditional homecoming dance if the pandemic had improved but as Florida continues to report thousands of new infections a day, that did not happen. Hagerty High School will have some homecoming week events including the crowning of their king and queen on Jan. 30 at the Girls PowderPuff football game, according to Lawrence. Lawrence said he was unaware if the parents planning the event had notified the health department about the event.
Former Hagerty High School principal suing school district over dismissal
Williams was named principal of the year for Seminole County while at Hagerty High School in 2018. Less than a year later, school district officials informed Williams she would not be rehired for the 2019-2020 school year, the newspaper reported. According to the lawsuit, Williams returned to work on Feb. 19, attending a districtwide administrative meeting. The next day, the supervisor told Williams she could only return to school if a psychiatrist hired by the district deemed her fit for work. The lawsuit accuses the school district of abusing its authority by mandating a treatment program.
Hundreds of students at 3 Seminole County high schools in quarantine
Seminole County school officials are working to contact trace students at Lake Mary High School after reports of multiple positive cases. According to officials, seven people at Lake Mary High School tested positive for COVID-19. Other high schools also saw high quarantine numbers last week. Two cases at Hagerty High School led to 112 students in quarantine and 135 students were asked to quarantine at Lake Brantley High School. According to officials, some students were involved in extracurriculars which is why the number of students needing to self quarantine is higher than usual.
Seminole County Public Schools investigating spam emails
This is a strong reminder for middle and high school parents in Seminole County. If you’re child received a spam email recently on their student account, delete it right away. “It’s very concerning as a parent and I don’t appreciate it,” said Hagerty High School parent Betty Jackson. Jackson said she couldn’t believe the inappropriate spam messages that her daughter, a freshman at Hagerty High, received in recent days. Seminole County Public Schools sent a message to high school parents over the weekend, saying it’s aware of students getting spam emails and believes the emails could have malware.
‘Disturbing’ video sent to Seminole students, district urges students to delete email
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – The principal of Hagerty High School is urging students to delete an email after students received a “disturbing” video. “Administration is aware of a disturbing video sent to students last night. SCPS Information Services and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department are also aware of the email. [TRENDING: Video reveals huge hammerhead shark circling clueless swimmer in Florida | Florida reports latest coronavirus numbers | ‘Disturbing’ video sent to Seminole students]The district believes the email could have malware embedded in the videos. The district said a few emails were also sent to a couple of middle school students as well.
Seminole County schools asks more than 100 people to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. Seminole County Public Schools has asked 102 people to quarantine after coming in contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19, the district said Tuesday. Number of people exposed to COVID-19 at Seminole County schools:Hagerty High School: 11Lake Brantley High School: 18Lawton Elementary School: 21Lyman High School: 26Teague Middle School: 11Wilson Elementary School: 15These reports are in addition to the 51 people across the district asked to self-quarantine last week. Lake Mary Elementary and Lake Brantley High reported the presence of COVID-19 on campus last week. As of Tuesday, Lake Brantley High School has 51 people self-quarantining. The district says by its count, there are 153 people in precautionary quarantine since school started on Aug. 17.
Florida attorney general to discuss teen vaping during Oviedo visit
OVIEDO, Fla. - Attorney General Ashley Moody is meeting with parents, school officials and law enforcement to talk about teen vaping and how underage use of e-cigarettes has risen in recent years. The discussion at Hagerty High School on Thursday is part of a statewide fact gathering mission, which was launched by Moody in June. The CDC said vaping is highly addictive and e-cigarettes contain chemicals that pose health dangers. [MORE: Teen's vape explodes, shattering his jaw | FDA gives vaping companies a clearer path for marketing their products]It is illegal under Florida law to sell these products to anyone under 18, yet vaping among our youth is out of control. Additional discussions at other school districts in Florida are expected throughout the summer.
Orlando-area students participate in walkouts in wake of school shooting
Walkouts were reported Wednesday at Hagerty High School, Lake Mary High School, Oviedo High School, University High School in Orange City and Lyman High School, among other schools across the state. Video showed students sitting on the ground outside of University High School in Orlando chanting "What do we want? Officials from Volusia County Schools said more than 2,000 students participated in a walk out at University High School in Orange City. Seminole County School DistrictWhile the district isn't organizing the event, officials have been made aware and school administrators have been notified. The principal at University High School in Orange City estimates more than 2,000 students participate.