District will be all remote until Jan. 19

Dear Florida Union Free School District Community,

Please review this letter and the links for important updates.

Pause of In-person Instruction: Currently according to the Orange County Health Commissioner, there is a high rate of community acquired transmission of infection.  The recent increase of positive cases in the District and its impact has been staggering. At this time, over one third of District employees and in-person students have been affected by a positive case or a quarantine.

After reviewing the regional data, meeting with the Orange County Health Commissioner, consulting with the District Medical Director and analyzing the direct impact in the District, the Board of Education amended the pause of in-person instruction.  The District will now provide remote instruction through Jan. 15.  This change means that school will not reopen for in-person instruction from December 14-23.  At this time, if health conditions improve, in-person learning is scheduled to resume on Jan. 19.

COVID-19 Case: We learned late yesterday that an employee at S.S. Seward tested positive for COVID-19.  Staff members who have been identified as direct and proximate contacts have been notified and instructed to quarantine.  Here is that notification. 

Coronavirus Testing for Schools: There have been many discussions regarding the approach New York State will be taking related to COVID-19 testing for students and employees. Once we know the regulations and protocols, we will share the information with the school community.

School Calendar: The updated School Calendar is linked here.  School will not be in session on June 18, 2021, but the District Offices will be open.

School Meals: Breakfast and lunch is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for pick-up at 11 – 11:45 a.m. at S.S. Seward or delivered to your home.  Please check the District website for the order form.  There is no charge for the meals.

Parent University: Please review the technology education schedule on the website.  Sessions are provided for parents to offer strategies to support your child’s education during remote instruction.

YMCA: Please review the website for additional information regarding a full day program during the remote period.

Health: Please note that due to the extended remote learning period, any student currently in quarantine will not require a doctor’s note to return to in-person learning in January.  We encourage families to maintain open communication with our school nurses regarding student/family illness during the remote learning period so that they can continue to track and monitor the spread of illness within our community.

If you have any questions about this information, please email or call the office.  We hope you and your families are safe and healthy during this challenging time.  We will continue to monitor the data and look forward to having students return to school for in-person instruction when the health conditions allow.

Sincerely,

Jan Jehring

Superintendent of Schools