West Orange Pivots to LaunchED

Orange County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Orange County announced to parents and staff of West Orange High that they will shift the entire school to LaunchED@Home starting Monday, September 21st until Friday, October 2nd. All 922 face-to-face students and staff members will return to campus on Monday, October 5th. There will also be no extracurricular or co-curricular activities. This decision is out of an abundance of caution after 10 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by FDOH with at least two cases pending.

In consultation with the FDOH in Orange County, the campus will close for two weeks in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Currently, there are 159 students and staff that have been identified as having direct contact with at least 10 individuals who tested positive and will be getting FDOH quarantine letters. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is providing specific information to the families directly impacted. Information related to any individual’s medical history is confidential and protected by law.

LaunchED@Home is the same educational model that was used by all at the beginning of the school year in order to prepare for a situation such as this, and what the majority of West Orange High students and teachers are already using. Meantime, the entire campus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. That process started with the confirmation of the first case on Sept.14, 2020. The health and safety of our students and staff is OCPS’ top priority.

In addition, the Department of Health will be offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of West Orange High School through a mobile testing unit. Priority will be given to those in quarantine. The school will provide more details as they become available. This is exclusively for West Orange High School students and staff members who have been on campus and need to be tested. We encourage concerned families to take advantage of this precautionary screening opportunity.

Due to the closure, West Orange HS will not be serving meals during these two weeks. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at any other school on Monday, September 21st.

OCPS Safety and Emergency Management, with the assistance of key district stakeholders, has developed the COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures Manual. This manual is intended to provide guidance to schools and district facilities in the use of standardized health and safety practices to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

The manual is a “living” document, meaning it is subject to change as circumstances, decision-making, guidance and practices evolve. As the manual is updated, new versions will be released. All significant edits will be documented within the manual’s Record of Change section.

Click here to review the OCPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures Manual.

In addition to this OCPS safety manual, West Orange HS will be putting together a document outlining plans to keep Face to Face students and teachers safe including hand sanitizer, traffic patterns, enforcement of rules, taped zones in rooms, traffic patterns etc. The administrators will be working on it next week (while teachers are teaching) and it should be available by Monday, August 17th.

If you are a teacher, club sponsor, team coordinator, parent or student with information or pictures to share in our newsletter regarding anything going on at West Orange HS, please email it to communications@wohsptso.org so we may include it in this newsletter and on our social media.

Congratulations to Evan Dodge, who has been named a Semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship! Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the PSAT/NMSQT (taken junior year). We are so proud of him!

The PTSO Beautification Committee has been working hard with ABM Industries to update the landscaping around campus! What a great way to start the new school year with a fresh look! It looks amazing!

Congratulations to West Orange High School, who has been ranked in the U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings. Click here to see the rankings!

The final touches are being done on the stadium track and it should be finished soon. The exterior of the school is scheduled to be painted within the next few months. The PTSO will be hosting a Beautification/Clean-Up day in the fall, so stay tuned for volunteer opportunities. If you wish to donate materials or time to our Beautification committee, please email beautification2@wohsptso.org.

All students new to West Orange High School (incoming freshman and new students) will need to have a West Orange High School student ID made. If you were unable to attend Warrior Welcome, one can be made once school resumes in person.

All students that have not received their OCPS laptop may stop in to the Media Center starting on Monday, August 10th during normal school hours.

If you are currently not receiving the weekly phone calls from Mr. Turner, please either email westorange_hs@ocps.net or call the front office at 407-905-2400 and ask to be added. Mr. Turner has changed the calls to Thursday evenings.

Click here to view the OCPS FAQs for the reopening of schools.

Scan the QR code for answers to some of your questions. Click here for important back-to school information from West Orange High School. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please email westorange_hs@ocps.net.

Mr. Devan Passley is the second half of a dynamic duo security team! Mr. Passley is extraordinarily vigilant and is an integral part of keeping our campus safe. In addition to his keen eye for anything out of the ordinary, Mr. Passley always offers a helping hand to anyone in need. His natural balance of compassion and discipline allows him to have meaningful conversations with our students, and his friendly disposition makes him a favorite among our staff. Mr. Passley loves to cook, is an entrepreneur, and has an adorable daughter. He also loves the beach, loves camping, and loves his job!

Welcome to the WOHS HERO program. The HERO program is how West Orange HS tracks student tardies throughout the school day. We ask that all parents sign up for a HERO account so you can be notified when your son/daughter is late to classes. You can also see if they received a consequence for that tardy. We do keep Tardy to School separate from Tardy to Class because Tardy to School can be counted towards Truancy. Click here to create a Parent account and add your student. Click here to view the instructions.

All face-to-face, LaunchED@Home, and Orange County Virtual School students will be served meals for FREE districtwide, and curbside meals are FREE for any child 18 years old and under.

USDA announced the extension of the Summer Meals Program with the flexibility to allow school districts to serve meals at no charge to all children age 18 years old and under through Dec. 17, 2020. Now, all parents can pick up meals and rely on getting kid-friendly healthy meals. Volunteers in neighborhoods, PTSA’s, and nonprofit city or community programs sponsoring children’s activities may also pick up meals for delivery to children at no charge.

Curbside meals are provided 30 minutes after the last school bell at any school for a total of 90 minutes. Curbside meals occur Mondays, with multiple meals being handed out to cover the entire week. This schedule is subject to change based on participation. The requirement to present a student ID has also been waived, and parents will only need to provide their child’s name. For ease and efficiency in the pick-up line, parents are encouraged to have this information clearly written in large print on a piece of paper.

The OCPS school meals program is offered through the USDA Child Nutrition Program under the Florida Department of Agriculture. While meals are offered at no charge through December 17th, parents are encouraged to fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals if their income has changed. The deadline for new applications, and the expiration of last year’s benefits, is September 23rd. Please go to myschoolapps.com to complete your application. The additional benefit of having approved eligibility includes discounts on internet and utility services, fees waived for college applications, and numerous summer camps as opportunities for the schools to receive grants and other funding.

Additional information about the Curbside Meals program, including a list of schools with distribution and times, is listed on the Food and Nutrition Services pages on the OCPS website.

Due to the closure, West Orange HS will not be serving meals during these two weeks. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at any other school on Sept. 21.

School bus transportation information for Face to Face students is on the OCPS website under "Find A Bus".

Hoodies and Long Sleeve Spirit Wear has arrived!! Hoodies are $25, Long-sleeved shirts are $20. Get them before they are gone!! The white is cotton and the blue is dri-fit.

Don't forget September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and PTSO will be selling gold shirts for $15 to raise awareness, with profits benefiting Cannonball Kids! Support Your PTSO and email spiritwear@wohsptso.org to arrange pickup!!


Are you interested in purchasing a yearbook for the 2020-21 school year? Click here to purchase now through SchoolPay for just $75 pre-sale. If you would like your book engraved, please visit Walsworth to add that onto your order, plus a $1.25 service fee.

If you have not yet picked up your 2019-2020 yearbook, they can be picked up at the front desk at West Orange HS.

Senior Salutations:

Do you want to dedicate a page in the yearbook for your senior? Well, now you can by purchasing a Senior Salutation. Prices range from $100-$400 depending on the size, number of photos, and length of the message. Visit SchoolPay for information on pricing, sizing as well as the option to make a $50 down payment. Please email the photos and message to wohsyearbook2021@gmail.com or drop them off in Room 216. You can also choose to create your own collage by uploading photos and your text through Walsworth, for the same price plus a 3.5% service fee.

Business Ads:

Yearbook students have started selling ads to businesses. Click here if you own a business and would like to purchase an ad or know someone who would like to purchase, please reach out to wohsyearbook2021@gmail.com. All payments are to be made through SchoolPay

The Crisis Text Line is a great resource for someone who doesn’t want to talk but would be more comfortable texting. Please talk and share with your students. https://www.crisistextline.org/


West Orange HS attendance numbers were provided by Mr. Turner at the SAC meeting this week:

1,371 students attending school via LaunchEd

1,063 students attending school Face to Face

Orange County Public Schools now has a COVID-19 data dashboard from across the district's divisions and 202 schools. The dashboard gives parents, employees, and members of the public a comprehensive breakdown of the total number of confirmed cases that have occurred on campus since the start of face-to-face learning, along with specific data by school and central office division.

The dashboard will serve as the primary source for data and reporting of positive cases. It reinforces our commitment to transparency without compromising the medical privacy of any individual. Today's dashboard is now live and will automatically update at 11:59 p.m. each night.

Just go to www.ocps.net and click on the COVID-19 Dashboard graphic on the front page.

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Please charge your laptop and allow time for any updates prior to Monday morning. Students who have issues with their laptop, please refer to the Parents-Technology Assistance page on the West Orange website where you can find basic troubleshooting tips and contact information for getting tech support. Click here if you need help. Contact Brent Richards, Technology Support Rep, West Orange High School at Brent.Richards@ocps.net

Click here for directions for accessing Skyward for parents (if you currently do not have access). If you are having difficulties you can contact westorange_hs@ocps.net.

You will see these in classroom windows all around our school and across digital platforms too. Every student deserves a safe learning environment free from bullying and bigotry. YOU are welcomed here!

Click here for directions for accessing Canvas for parents (if you currently do not have access). If you are having difficulties you can contact westorange_hs@ocps.net.

Please support our PIEs

West Orange is being considered for possible rezoning beginning the 2022-2023 school year. OCPS is asking for input on rezoning plans that may affect West Orange HS. High School 113-H-W-4 is a relief school that will impact West Orange and Windermere. A community presentation was made on March 4th. Click here to view and compare the 4 proposed options. Option 2 and 4 affect West Orange and basically take the students who attend SunRidge MS that live near the corner of Avalon and Stoneybrook and send them to WOHS instead of Windermere. Click here to provide your input.

It is 2020 Census time. You will begin receiving census information in the mail, online or by phone. Do it now to avoid repeated attempts to contact. The census is the foundation for measuring the nation's population and includes all persons living in U.S., including citizens and non-citizens. An accurate and complete population count is vital as population numbers are used for determining the allocation of millions of dollars of federal and state funding for education. Use the pre-loaded icon on their LaunchPad homepage. All responses to the census questions are confidential. It is safe, it is easy and it is our civic duty to be counted. Please take part in

the 2020 census. https://2020census.gov/

“Hope for Healing Florida is an initiative about helping good people in crisis by leveraging the resources of our state agencies, private partners and our state administration. Click here for resources.

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The Meningitis vaccine is not required for high school students, but most colleges require it. It is a very important immunization for college students (and those living in heavily populated, close living quarters). Click here for information from the CDC.

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There is a lot that goes on at WOHS every day. We post numerous items on the PTSO Facebook page, website and Twitter during the week. These include events, pictures, videos, updated schedule items, sports scores, news, etc. Please like and follow our West Orange High School PTSO Facebook page, check the website for updates and follow us on Twitter. All calendar items can be seen in Facebook events. You can now find us on Instagram!! Please feel free to share any information regarding your class, club, sports team, etc. by emailing communications@wohsptso.org. All of the information in this newsletter is provided by YOU!

If you have any questions on student laptops, please email brenda.obelar@ocps.net.

Please make sure to keep your contact information up to date. If your address, email or telephone number has changed, please make sure to let WOHS know. You may contact them at 407-905-2400.

Please let the PTSO know if your email has changed by emailing communications@wohsptso.org.

2020 Yearbooks are ready for pick-up! Pick-up is for Prepaid order only (for now). Drop by WOHS anytime between 8am-3pm. Bring your receipt or ID. They will have a list of who has paid at the West Orange HS Front Office

OCPS is committed to providing parents with resources to help their student(s) succeed. Click here to check out this parent resource page and information for High School Parents.

Student tech help is available when you are at home by emailing studenthelp@ocps.net.

School safety is everyone's business. Do your kids know how to report a concern? OCPS District Police Chief Holmes explains that there are 3 ways to report tips anonymously: Call 1-800-423-TIPS, go to www.speakouthotline.org or by using the P3 Campus App.

Students can also tell any staff member at their school.

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