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August 16, 2020 - Welcome Back SCPS Familes

Hello Seminole County Families,

Tomorrow we kick-off another school year, a school year like we’ve never seen before!  I don’t think any of us ever imagined we’d be in the midst of a Global Pandemic and the many challenges that it would bring.  This is new territory for all of us, but it brings with it new possibilities and an opportunity to think differently on just about everything we do in education.

We’ve had to be creative.  We’ve had to be flexible.  We’ve had to adjust.  And most importantly, we’ve had to be compassionate, understanding and use common-sense.

I know navigating it all hasn’t been easy, but the resiliency of our students, parents, teachers and staff has simply been amazing.  I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts and generosity.  We’ve truly come together as a community to support not just our children, but each other as well.  

I cannot thank our medical community enough for their medical and scientific guidance over the past several months.

As a parent and a grandfather myself, I know many of you at home are a little nervous and apprehensive of what the new school year will bring.  You’re wondering if you selected the best student option for your students, worried about your family’s health, and for those schooling remotely, probably crossing your fingers that all the technology works!  

While I know there are many unknowns, what I can assure you of is that we’re prepared!  We’ve worked tirelessly as a district to develop a comprehensive reopening plan that provides a safe learning environment for all our students and staff.  Will there be hiccups and speed-bumps as we get the school year started?  Absolutely.  But like everything else, we’ll learn from it, work through it, and improve as we go.

If you experience connectivity issues logging into a class, are still awaiting schedule changes, or simply can’t remember your password, please be patient.  We completely understand and will get all those issues resolved. The first few days and even the first week will be an adjustment for us all, so don’t worry!
Since it’s been some time since our campuses have been open, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to give yourself a little extra time for your morning and afternoon commutes.  

Be mindful of our students walking and riding their bikes, obey our school zones, and please be prepared for our school bus lights, stop signs and their many frequent stops.  Your child’s safety is our utmost concern!    

We’re very excited for what we have in store for our students this school year and we can’t wait to welcome back all those smiling faces!  

I want to give a huge thank you to our great teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly preparing for your student in this most unusual year!

Have a great first day, remember your mask, and thank you for being part of our Seminole County Public Schools family!

-SCPS Superintendent Walt Griffin, Ed.D.

En Español

16 de agosto de 2020 - ¡Bienvenidos familias de SCPS!

Saludos familias del Condado de Seminole, 

¡Mañana iniciamos otro año escolar, un año escolar como nunca habíamos visto! No pienso que cualquiera de nosotros alguna vez imagino que estaríamos en medio de una pandemia global y los muchos desafíos que traería. Este es un territorio nuevo para todos nosotros, pero trae consigo nuevas posibilidades y la oportunidad de pensar de manera diferente en casi todo lo que hacemos en educación. Tuvimos que ser creativos. Tuvimos que ser flexibles. Tuvimos que ajustarnos. Y lo más importante, hemos tenido que ser compasivos, comprensivos y usar el sentido común. Sé que navegar por todo no ha sido fácil, pero la resiliencia de nuestros estudiantes, padres, maestros y personal ha sido simplemente asombrosa. No puedo agradecerles lo suficiente por todos sus esfuerzos y generosidad. Realmente nos hemos unido como comunidad para apoyar no solo a nuestros hijos, sino también el uno al otro. 

No puedo agradecer lo suficiente a nuestra comunidad médica por su orientación médica y científica durante los últimos meses. Como padre y abuelo, sé que muchos de ustedes en casa están un poco nerviosos y aprensivos por lo que traerá el nuevo año escolar. Cuestiona si seleccionó la mejor opción de aprendizaje para sus hijos, están preocupados por la salud de su familia y para aquellos estudian a distancia, y probablemente cruzando los dedos para que toda la tecnología funcione.

Aunque sé que hay muchas incógnitas, lo que puedo asegurarles es que estamos preparados. Hemos trabajado incansablemente como distrito para desarrollar un plan de reapertura integral que proporcione un entorno de aprendizaje seguro para todos nuestros estudiantes y personal. ¿Habrá contratiempos e inconvenientes a medida que comenzamos el año escolar? Absolutamente. Pero, como todo lo demás, aprenderemos de la situación, lo trabajaremos y lo mejoraremos a medida que avancemos.

Si experimentas problemas de conectividad al iniciar sesión en una clase, aún estás esperando cambios de horario o simplemente no recuerdas tu contraseña, ten paciencia. Entendemos completamente y resolveremos todos esos problemas. Los primeros días e incluso la primera semana será un tiempo de ajustes para todos nosotros, ¡así que no se preocupe!

Dado que ha pasado un tiempo desde que nuestros campus han estado abiertos, me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para recordarles a todos que se den un poco de tiempo adicional para sus viajes diarios por la mañana y por la tarde. Tenga en cuenta que nuestros estudiantes caminan y andan en bicicleta, obedezcan nuestras zonas escolares y estén preparado para los faros de nuestros autobuses escolares, las señales de paro y las muchas paradas frecuentes que hacen. ¡La seguridad de su hijo(a) es nuestra mayor preocupación!

¡Estamos muy emocionados por lo que tenemos preparado para nuestros estudiantes este año escolar y estamos ansiosos por darle la bienvenida a todas esas caras sonrientes! ¡Quiero darles un gran agradecimiento a nuestros excelentes maestros y personal que han trabajado incansablemente preparándose para sus hijos en este año tan inusual! ¡Que tenga un gran primer día, recuerde su mascarillas y gracias por ser parte de nuestra familia de Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Seminole!

Proper Mask Usage

According to Seminole County Health Department, the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC guidelines, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Knowing how to properly wear a mask can help prevent the virus from spreading through these droplets.

Orlando Health Launches School Ready Resource for Parents and Teachers

Orlando Health has launched, a new resource to help parents and teachers navigate a successful return to school, daycare and sports activities. Orlando Health experts in pediatrics, infectious diseases and emergency medicine offer tips on managing stress and anxiety, creating structure for kids in virtual school, and what to do if your child gets sick. There are also downloadable guides on wearing a mask properly, hand hygiene, and tracking symptoms, for the home and classroom. The safety and well-being of your family continue to be top priorities at Orlando Health.

Here at Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) we are firm believers in practicing equity through excellence. Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides instruction designed to help non-English speaking students, acquire the English language. SCPS is thrilled to announce they now have World Languages, a program that teaches foreign language and cultural awareness to students, available in all of its elementary schools!

Mission Statement

The mission of the ESOL/World Languages Department is to advocate and serve our community of diverse learners and their families and provide them with the tools necessary to ensure academic success in alignment with Seminole County Public School’s mission.

Please reach out to the staff members listed below if you have any questions regarding ESOL, World Languages or Student Access.

Contact Information:

Director of ESOL/World Languages and Student Access
Minnie Cardona, Ed.S
Phone: 407.320.0200

Department Contact information
Phone: 407.320.0202

Please see specific Department Pages for more information

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Minnie Cardona

Minnie Cardona

Director, ESOL/World Languages and Student Access


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