Florida students will be able to continue to learn remotely through the second half of the school year as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Wednesday.
More Seminole County students could be heading back to the classroom in the new year.
The Seminole County District said that once they know how many students plan to return to the classroom, they will need enough time to properly prepare.
Orange County Public Schools said that this decision was made out of an abundance of caution after being notified of 14 positive COVID-19 cases.
With this change, almost 83,000 students in Orange County will be learning in-school -- that is almost half of the district's student population.
Central Florida schools are grappling with how to handle COVID cases in the classroom.
The students who are participating in face-to-face learning will reportedly move to eLearning or paper-pencil packets during the closure.
As of the next grading period, about 15,000 more students will learn on campus, pushing 42 percent of the student into schools.
More than half of Florida students are learning in-person.
The latest report from Osceola County Schools shows that there are 36 positive cases of COVID-19 among students and school personnel in the county.
The county will officially join the rest of Central Florida on Monday, beginning the school year with both in-person and online options for families.
FOX 35 is tracking COVID-19 cases across the school districts in Central Florida.
A Leon County circuit judge Thursday lifted a stay of his earlier ruling that a state order requiring schools to reopen in August is unconstitutional. In response, Hillsborough County announced an emergency meeting for Friday morning.
As legal wrangling over the reopening of brick-and-mortar schools continues, the state's defense this week gained new political muscle: Donald Trump Jr.
Stetson University in DeLand and the University of Central Florida are warning students large gatherings could lead to suspension from the schools.
Communication officer Michael Lawrence told FOX 35 News in an email that the numbers are based off of approximately 12 positive cases.
The district is asking parents and students to be patient as they work through technical problems.
Brevard, Osceola, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Polk, and Sumter County all begin the 2020- 2021 school year on Monday morning.
The 2020- 2021 school year in Brevard County officially began on Monday but not without issues, especially as many students attempted to learn from home.
Dr. Michelle Andrews speaks to FOX 35 about vision issues and remote learning.