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Seminole County Public Schools Extends Virtual Enrollment And Gets Rush of Registrations

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After extending the deadline one extra week, Seminole County Public Schools received hundreds of new virtual school enrollments on Monday, the first day of the extension.

Michael Lawrence, spokesman for Seminole County Public Schools, said there were around 670 registrations as of the original deadline of July 20. "So, already in Day 1 to be at 279, that kind of shows you that there are some families out there that were having a little bit of second thoughts with the Delta Variant going on," said Lawrence.

Parents have until Friday, August 6 at 3 p.m. to make a decision on how their student will learn when school starts next week.  

Lawrence said many parents are turning to virtual learning due to the surge in coronavirus cases. "We were getting emails, and some calls, from concerned parents because of what’s going on with the Delta variant. They knew they missed the deadline and were having second thoughts about going face-to-face," said Lawrence. "So, we wanted to try to alleviate those fears and give them a little bit of extra time, if they’re kind of concerned or a little apprehensive, they can make that switch if they’d like."

There are only two options to choose from this year, face-to-face or Seminole Virtual. Virtual students have the option to return to face-to-face learning after the first semester in January. 

Fore more information on the extension, click here.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.