Orange County student waiting weeks for laptop needed for virtual classes, parent says
She said they’ve been waiting weeks to get one from Orange County Public Schools. However, with the temporary closure due to COVID-19 cases connected to the school, he’s now at home doing LaunchEd. She said he’s been on a list, waiting to get a computer for weeks now, with no indication as to when it will happen. If the need of replacements exceeds the number of laptops a school has, then they are placed on a waiting list. Devices are being provided to schools and are being distributed to students on a waiting list,” said Michael Ollendorff.
Orange County shows what classrooms will look like when students return
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County Public Schools invited us inside a classroom Wednesday at Lake Como School, a teacher was teaching via the LaunchEd platform. School officials hosted the event prior to students expected return to face-to-face learning on Friday. It gives them the ability to move around the classroom and still be on camera with their students that are at home, Dr. Jenkins said. The classroom also showed desks socially distanced, Dr. Jenkins said they aimed for three to six feet apart, depending on the classroom and class size. But one thing Dr. Jenkins said you wont find is desk dividers.
Some Orange County parents already want to switch learning options
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. An Orange County parent is not happy she selected the LaunchED program for her kids. Blais is a mom of two; both of her children go to school in the Orange County Public Schools district. Blais posted on Orange County Public Schools Facebook page asking if she could enroll her kids in face-to-face, instead of LaunchEd. News 6 also spoke with Orange County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, at an event this morning. In terms of changing learning options mid-semester, the districts website said changes are made on a case-by-case basis.
By the numbers: Heres how the first day of virtual school went in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Thousands of Orange County Public Schools students logged on to the LaunchEd platform Monday morning to begin the semester as concerns about the coronavirus continue. [READ: 4 things Orange County Public Schools wants parents to know before Monday | Everything you need to know about Orange Countys back-to-school plan]Quite frankly, for our first day, we thought it went phenomenally well. [RELATED: Orange County families have trouble connecting to LaunchED for first day of school | Heres what to expect on the first day of LaunchEd for Orange County students]That sheer volume, she said, was the root cause of many of the technical issues parents reported on Monday. At that point, students will resume the semester using whichever learning option they selected: in person, LaunchEd or Orange County Virtual School. Jenkins thanked students, parents and teachers for their patience as they navigate a semester unlike any before.