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WO-S High School to Go Virtual For Next Two Weeks

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WO-S High School to Go Virtual For Next Two Weeks

West Orange-Stark High School will go completely virtual for two weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and has released the following statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, West Orange-Stark High School will transition students to virtual learning from October 14-28, 2020, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The decision is based on a recent positive COVID case with the high school volleyball team. Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris stated, “As we released last week, the volleyball team had a confirmed positive case, and now we are receiving more reports that additional quarantined players have also tested positive. Our priority is the safety and well-being of students and staff, and we have chosen to be proactive in this situation.”

Contact tracing and a thorough investigation by the health department took place last week following the positive case confirmation. Volleyball players and coaches were sent home to quarantine. However, it has become more challenging to contact trace all possible close contacts now that additional volleyball players have tested positive.

We recognize the challenges for students to go completely virtual and have evaluated technological needs that students may face to be successful. Chromebooks and internet hotspots (generously donated by INVISTA) have been distributed to students. Staff will be available during the 14-day closure, and teachers will continue to provide instruction and support to students virtually. Students must continue to adhere to attendance requirements and apply themselves to the lessons while engaging with their teachers in distance learning.

Deep cleaning and sanitization of the WOSHS campus will take place while the campus is closed. Meals will continue to be distributed as scheduled.

Curbside meals are available for anyone 18 and under regardless of enrollment in the district at West Orange-Stark Elementary School from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

West Orange-Stark High School 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (For TWO Weeks)

This includes breakfast and lunch. If the child is not present at the time of pickup, please provide an official letter from the district, attendance record, birth certificate, or student ID Cards for each child that will need a meal. Adult meals will be charged at the usual rate.

District play will continue for football this Friday, and volleyball will resume following their quarantine period.

If a student develops COVID-like symptoms or a household member becomes sick, please follow up with your healthcare provider. COVID-19 symptoms may include the following:

  • Mild, cold-like symptoms
  • Fever higher than 100.4 degrees
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell

LCMCISD Releases New Home Football Game Ticket Plan

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Little Cypress Mauriceville has released a new home football game ticket plan.

The highlights of the plan are below.

All season tickets will be suspended for the 2020 season. Season tickets will be reinstated for the 2021 season with the same seating chart from the 2019 season with season ticket holders given the option to renew the same seats they had in 2019. There were 450 season tickets issued for the 2019 season.

  • Battlin’ Bear Stadium will be 100% general admission and be marked according to UIL and Orange County guidelines. Seating will be on every other row and spectators will be responsible
    for social distancing themselves from other groups. Families should not sit in groups larger than ten.
  • The LCM Honey Bears and Battlin’ Bear Band will be moved to seating on the track’s north end zone to free up more seating for spectators and allow for more spacing within their groups.
  • Bands and drill teams from visiting schools will not travel to Battlin’ Bear Stadium for the district games for the 2020 season.
  • No standing room only tickets will be sold.
  • There will be no pass gate for JH/MS /9/JV football players and cheerleaders to enter. All subvarsities must have a ticket to enter the game. This is necessary for capacity limitations.

The full plan can be viewed here. For more information or questions, please call 409-886-5821.

Orangefield High School Football Games to Be Televised

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Orangefield High School Football Games to Be Televised

In an effort to increase the accessibility of high school football games and encourage social distancing across Texas, the UIL will allow live telecasts of regular season football games on Friday nights during the 2020-2021 school year.

Orangefield ISD is partnering with Texan Live to have all of their home games streamed for their fans’ convenience. Texan Live will be working with a number of schools in the area, so there may be a chance that they will cover some of our away games as well.

There is a monthly subscription that goes along with the service. The monthly fee is roughly $10. If you subscribe for three months it will equal the cost of what season tickets would have cost during a normal season.

To get your subscription, visit https://www.texanlive.com/subscribe/

WOCCISD Provides Meals for Virtual Learners

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WOCCISD Provides Meals for Virtual Learners

Beginning Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Child Nutrition Services will be providing breakfast and lunch to virtual learners at West Orange-Stark Elementary School from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Letters will be mailed out, along with cards with student names and id numbers to show cashiers in order to receive their child(ren) meals. You will only be able to obtain meals for students in their household.

If you have not received a letter by the start of school, please bring an enrollment letter for the 2020-2021 school year to show their child(rens) proof of enrollment in the district.

Back to School Orange County Creates New Version of Giveaway Program

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Back to School Orange County Creates New Version of Giveaway Program

Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, Back to School Orange County made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person event of Back to School Orange County slated for Saturday, August 1st. Back to School Orange County determined they needed to prioritize the health and safety of their community partners, volunteers, and everyone who helps coordinate and work the event. More importantly, the Board of B2SOC could not determine a safe way to distribute school supplies and services to the children and families under the current social distancing guidelines.

To continue to meet the need in the area, Back to School Orange County Executive Committee decided to proceed with a different plan this year. They will collect and deliver supplies to each of the schools in all 5 districts in Orange County and have them ready to deliver to classrooms. They hope to partner with local churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals to make this happen.

Back to School Orange County will be purchasing school supplies for all Orange County district schools. These supplies will be purchased from and delivered by Orange Stationer. Our students and teachers will safely receive the necessary supplies to begin school.

You can donate by going to PayPal.me/BacktoSchoolOrange, by going to their website or by check. Checks need to be mailed and made out to Orange Christian Services with Back to School Orange County in the memo.

For more info, call 409-886-0938, visit their Facebook page, their website,  or read the letter below.

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