Large Orange County high school closes for 2 weeks due to virus cases as COVID 19 ticks up again in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida high school is shutting its doors for two weeks after it had six confirmed cases and one suspected case of the coronavirus.

Officials with Orange County Public Schools said over the weekend that Olympia High School’s campus will be closed to students until Sept. 21 and all students will take online classes. There will be no athletic events nor extracurricular activities during the two weeks, the school said on Twitter.

An empty classroom can be seen at Miami Community Charter School in Flagler City, Fla. during the first day of class on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Miami Community Charter is one of the few schools accommodating students who do not have Internet access at home or whose parents cannot stay home with them for remote learning. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

The decision to temporarily close the school comes more than two weeks after in-person classes resumed for the Orlando-area school district.

More than a third of Olympia’s 3,300 students were taking classes on campus, with the rest of the student body taking online classes.

“This decision to pivot is out of an abundance of caution after several positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed,” the school said on Twitter.

In neighboring Osceola County, a middle school announced late last month that it was closing its campus for two weeks because of coronavirus cases.

Florida on Tuesday reported more than 1,800 new coronavirus cases, raising the state’s total to 650,092 cases since March.

Florida had 12,067 residents and nonresident deaths as of Tuesday, a daily increase of 44 deaths.