Florida district will no longer allow excused absences for kids staying home due to Covid concerns

1/28/2022 2:01:00 AM

Orange County Public Schools, which has over 206,000 students at 202 Orlando-area schools, made the announcement Wednesday.

Orange County Public Schools, which has over 206,000 students at 202 Orlando-area schools, made the announcement Wednesday.

A Florida school district will no longer allow excused absences for students who remain at home and do not attend school in-person due to Covid-19 concerns.

Orange County Public Schools, which has over 206,000 students at 202 Orlando-area schools, made theannouncementWednesday, saying parents "keeping students home during the increased Covid-19 cases" will no longer be able to get excused absences for their children starting Jan. 31.

"It is ... an additional strain on our teachers as they continue to manage assignments for large numbers of absent students," the district said in a statement.Officials also noted the number of Covid cases has declined and face masks are required in the district for adults and strongly encouraged for students.

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