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Your Community Brief from Oak Ridge High School
Friday, March 27, 2020

Over these past four days, our Oak Ridge teachers have been working hard on preparations to set up their online classrooms and to acclimate to a distance learning model. I am proud of the efforts of our teachers and staff, and we are excited to provide significant online learning opportunities and move forward with subject area content starting Monday, March 30th.

We recognize that our Pioneers and their families have widely varying needs, abilities and time-constraints, particularly during this crisis. As a result, our teachers and school teams will be working, as they do every day, with students and parents to ensure a balanced approach to distance learning - Oak Ridge teacher & staff emails. I recommend that you take a look at the Orange County Public Schools portal which was developed for students and parents to help prepare for distance learning before Monday.

We never anticipated our spring break and the following weeks would look like this, yet we wish all our students and staff, parents and Oak Ridge community a healthy and safe week ahead; may you find some respite from this challenging time we are facing.
In Pioneer Pride, 
Ms. Jennifer Bellinger

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Dates to Watch For 

Monday, March 30: Begin teacher-facilitated distance learning.

Monday, March 30: 3rd Quarter Report cards will be available and published to Family Access

Wednesday, April 15: Students will return to school.

Adjusted OCPS Hours & Up to Date Information  

All OCPS buildings and schools have adjusted hours from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Please follow the link for the latest information.

Prom and Grad Bash
We regret to inform you that at this time we have been informed that all OCPS Proms and Grad Bash events have been cancelled. The procedures for refunds will be posted soon.

According to a press conference early last week, Governor Ron DeSantis says all required testing for Florida's K-12 schools is cancelled. Students will not be taking EOC, FSA, NGSSS, FCAT 2.0 and CFE assessments. Requirements for graduation, grade promotion and final course grades will be evaluated as if those assessments did not exist, the Governor said.

Distance Learning  
Teacher facilitated distance learning begins Monday, March 30th

Throughout this past week, teachers have been communicating with their students and parents on several important factors:
  • How to access distance learning content and lessons
  • Teacher availability hours and means of contact
  • Important link to access ebooks, tutorials and other valuable information from the Orange County Library System for distance learning.
  • More information can be found at this link -

If you click on the chart there is another link where you can see how the coronavirus has impacted schools around the globe by day. We are fortunate here in that Orange County Public Schools rolls out distance learning on Monday until the health risk has passed (many students in these other countries do not have this opportunity). We know our Pioneers will be successful with the process until classes resume later in April.

Oak Ridge community footnote: The map above shows the scale of the educational disruption with governments all over the world ordering learners to stay at home in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. As of March 23, 2020, 138 countries had ordered national school closures while others had localized closures.

Grab-and-Go Meals 

Meals are available (began March 23rd) for pick-up between 10:00AM and 2:00PM in front of the Media Center.  Students must be present to receive the meals.  Staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicles (drive thru service).  Meals will be given directly to any students walking and/or riding a bike. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.

Follow the link for additional and up to date information:

Call Ahead Reminder 

If you need something from campus, please call the front office to set up an appointment to come on school grounds. We are following all guidelines set in place with minimizing groups and social distancing. Thank you.

Free WiFi Services 

Charter announced that beginning March 23rd it will offer free broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to families with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. The company is also waiving their installation fees for new subscribers.

To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395

What is Social Distancing?  

Mandatory Stay at Home Order (11 pm to 5 am) 
City of Orlando and Orange County 

Resources for our Pioneers 
Compiled by Mrs. Laurene Householder 

The Florida Aquarium launching SEA-SPAN, a daily Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. to keep you updated on the happenings at the Aquarium while we are closed

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children's hiatus from school fun and educational. Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
While the zoo is closed and many of you are at home, let us make your spring break fun and educational. We'll be streaming LIVE on Facebook every weekday at 2 PM, featuring an animal and a fun activity for the kids at home!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series) (Art classes... primary)

Gatorland Orlando 10am watch Gatorland's School of Crocs!

Additional Resources:
Walt Disney Imagineering Partners With Khan Academy

Math lessons for parents... How to Teach Multiplication & Division with LEGO Bricks

Ranger Rick Mags' website is now free through the end of June, as are digital editions of our magazines for the next few months:

Amazon Future Engineer offers free online computer science classes:

Online Tours Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the fa├žades of the Louvre...

For U.S. schools or school systems that are not currently using Discovery Education resources, but are experiencing closures due to the Coronavirus, we are offering free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year. To request access to Discovery Education Experience, principals and superintendents of affected school or school districts are encouraged to fill out the Experience Access Request form.

Excel sheet with ALL KINDS of FREE stuff

This is a great book for kids to help with emotions - Blue Day for Kids (make sure you use kid version)

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Leadership Team 

Principal: Jennifer Bellinger
Assistant Principal: Michele Browne
Assistant Principal: Dr. Brian Sanchez Corona
Assistant Principal: Luz Gonzalez Cartagena
Assistant Principal: Orlando Norwood

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